California
25 May 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Facebook bans sale of IPTV boxes


Facebook has banned the sale of illicit streaming devices on its platform.

The new policy bans “products or items that facilitate or encourage unauthorised access to digital media”.

This comes as part of a wave of opposition to IPTV boxes. Amazon banned their sale on its marketplace earlier this year.

This week, a provider of Kodi media player add-ons, TVAddons, discontinued an add-on because of the legal attention IPTV set-top boxes have attracted.

Commenting on Facebook’s new policy, chief executive of the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), Kieron Sharp said: “It is great to see Facebook follow the likes of Amazon and eBay in making changes to their policies to prohibit the sale of illicit streaming devices on their platforms.”

“These days social media sites are more than just a place to share photos and comments with friends and family. Unfortunately, the fast-paced development of these sites are being exploited by opportunists for criminal activity which needs to be disrupted.”

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