Facebook has revealed new plans to limit streamed events, according to the terms of their Facebook Music rules for the platform. Although like most changes with the monolithic social platform, it is designed to prevent abuse and litigation from record labels, DJ’s and cover song artists, it seems like a terrible misjudgment against artists and creators who utilize the platform. Effective October 1st Facebook announced that musicians will not be allowed to “use videos on our Products to create a music listening experience.” The rule change comes with the threat that bands will have their account banned or deleted for failure to comply. Especially following the pandemic, bands and artists have taken to streaming for a variety of purposes for promotion and profit, and Facebook even instituted a tip jar type payment platform, in an attempt to compete with Twitch and YouTube Live videos. Facebook has turned around on this idea and now states they want their technology to be used to connect family and friends to one another, not to connect musicians to their fans. Read Facebook’s full statement.
You may not use videos on our Products to create a music listening experience
We want you to be able to enjoy videos posted by family and friends. However, if you use videos on our Products to create a music listening experience for yourself or for others, your videos will be blocked and your page, profile or group may be deleted. This includes Live.