Facebook Artiste page will Charge Fans from Livestream due to COVID-19

  Because of the global pandemic, A lot of artistes’ shows have been postponed to new dates or indefinitely. But fortunately, their inability to tour is gaining a new way for them to make money during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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According to a report from Guardian Nigeria, Facebook state that this in their newsroom“To support creators and small businesses, we plan to add the ability for Pages to charge for access to events with Live videos on Facebook – anything from online performances to classes to professional conferences,”.

With this new option, artistes could stage virtual concerts with ticket prices. It may also present a way for the “Verzuz battles”, which have become extremely popular on Instagram Live, to become a money-making enterprise for the participants.

With these battles having viewership numbers upwards of 500,000 people, and artists like Tory Lanez bringing in more than 300,000 people to his “Quarantine Radio” live streams, there is a real potential to earn a substantial revenue. Even if artists are able to convert a small percentage of those viewers to pay for their Facebook live streams, it could result in a solid profit.

The upcoming feature is one of the multiple changes the social media platform is making in light of the global pandemic. Facebook is bringing back Live With, which allows users to Livestream with another person. The company is making it possible to add a donate button to live videos too, aiding users in raising money for nonprofit organizations.

However, Facebook hasn’t announced when exactly users will be able to start charging for live streams. It also hasn’t revealed how much of a revenue share it will be receiving once the feature is introduced.

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