In a surprising turn of events YouTube has been bumped down to the number two spot for online video views. According to comScore, Facebook racked up over a billion more video views than YouTube in September. This move is mainly the result of Facebook’s somewhat new auto-play feature that plays videos as soon as they appear on your screen, which definitely raises many questions about how the actual viewer engagement. However, when you just look at the numbers “Facebook displayed 12.3 billion videos to people browsing on their desktops and Desktop YouTube videos were displayed 11.3 billion times in August, 2014.”
What’s even more fascinating and perhaps impressive is that just over a year ago “in June of 2013 Facebook was only showing 700 million videos.” Facebook has experienced an explosion of growth since then despite being already so big at the time. Interestingly enough during that same time period of between June 2013 and August 2014, “YouTube experienced a decline in views from 15.7 billion views to 11.3 billion views.” It’s important to note that these statistics are only for desktop views, when you add Google’s web mobile properties to the pictures Facebook is still behind quite a bit.