Mar 25, 2020

Facebook video calls soar 1000% during Italy's lockdown

Facebook has seen usage across its platforms surge in countries that have brought in virus lockdowns. Italy - with some of the toughest restrictions - has seen the biggest rise, with group video calls rocketing by more than 1000% in the last month. Facebook outlined steps it is taking to increase capacity during the heightened traffic as people are stuck indoors and working from home. Facebook has lowered video quality in Europe to help reduce demand on internet service providers. The changes mean each video will use less data, putting less strain on networks already struggling with increased traffic as people stream more content while self-isolating at home.

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