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Facebook Temporarily Reduce Video Bitrate Amid Luzon Lockdown

FACEBOOK – Facebook recently said that it will reduce video bitrate on its platform, as well as Instagram in order to reduce data congestion amid Luzon lockdown.

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According to GMA News, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), who made this statement, said that the social media giant heeded its call to maintain Internet stability in the country during the COVID-19 public health emergency..

DICT added that it is expected to deal with congestion and free up bandwidth allocation, which might be utilized for other vital online services.

Bitrate is the amount of data in bits per second transmitted via digital network. The social media giant collaborates closely with mobile operators in the Philippines in order to manage any bandwidth constraints amid the crisis.

As per the report, DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II said that the ECQ is effecting the significant surge in the usage of digital services and streaming platforms. This strains the Internet infrastructure in the Philippines.

Honasan is grateful for platforms that heeded the department’s call to help ease data congestion.

“Along with food, water, and medicine, connectivity is vital for the people right now. With the participation of our private sector, we hope to maintain and improve the Filipino’s Internet connectivity during this crisis,”

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