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Facebook video calls soar 1,000% during Italy's lockdown

March 25, 2020 4:43 pm
Italy has seen the biggest rise, with group video calls rocketing by more than 1,000% in the last month. [Source: BBC]

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 1,000% in the last month.

The social media giant said total messaging traffic on all its platforms had increased 50% on average across the hardest hit countries.

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Facebook owns Instagram along with popular messaging app WhatsApp.

But the company said the higher usage won’t protect it from expected falls in digital advertising across the world.

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