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Facebook lowers video quality in Latin America, following Europe

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Facebook lowers video quality in Latin America, following Europe

ARCHIVE PHOTO: A Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone in this illustration taken on January 6, 2020. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Facebook will reduce the quality of video streaming on its platform and on Instagram in Latin America, replicating measures taken in Europe to ease network congestion in a region that is beginning to feel the grip of the coronavirus.

On Sunday, the world's largest social network followed the steps of Alphabet's Netflix, YouTube, Alphabet and Walt Disney in response to a call from the European Union to avoid the Internet deadlock, as thousands of people work from home due to the coronavirus outbreak.

"To help alleviate any potential network congestion, we will temporarily reduce bit rates for videos on Facebook and Instagram in Latin America," a Facebook spokesman said in a statement, adding that the company is working with partners to manage restrictions bandwidth amid higher demand.

Brazilian streaming platform GloboPlay, owned by the country's largest TV channel, announced that streaming video in 4K and Full High Definition would be temporarily suspended from Monday to preserve Brazil's internet infrastructure and allow more people to access your content.

Asked about future plans to decrease the quality of streaming in Brazil, as it did in Europe, Netflix said it "will continue to work with Internet service providers and governments around the world and will apply these changes elsewhere if necessary" .

Anatel signed a commitment pact with operators and other providers to keep Brazilians connected during the coronavirus outbreak, creating a crisis committee to coordinate actions and monitor data traffic and network capacity.

"Anatel, within the scope of the risk management and network performance monitoring group, will prioritize emergency solutions whose main objective is the continuity of the service and its access by the Brazilian population," said the regulator.

Reporting by Gabriela Mello; Editing by Leslie Adler

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