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Advertisements with a length between 1.2 and 1.7 minutes are the most shared, said the researchers

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FILE - Signage is seen inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2015. VOA

In order to create viral YouTube ads, brands should arouse strong emotion, keep ads to a moderate length of 1-1.5 minutes and use authentic characters, a study has revealed.

YouTube is a low-cost and flexible platform for sharing ads with a wide viewership.

According to the study published in the Journal of Marketing, a brand should create an ad with a captivating plot, a surprise ending and authentic characters.

“Our findings provide marketing and media managers, advertisers and copywriters with specific theory-based insights into how to design ads to drive virality,” said study author Gerard J. Tellis, Professor at the University of Southern California in the US.

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The YouTube Music app is displayed on a mobile phone in Los Angeles. VOA

For the study, the researchers included 109 brands that were among the top 100 US advertisers in 2012 as well as additional brands that were historically active on YouTube.

It was found that ads that evoke positive emotions of inspiration, warmth, amusement and excitement stimulate strong positive sharing. Ads that use drama, plot, surprise, and characters such as celebrities, babies and animals evoke emotions and induce sharing.

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Advertisements with a length between 1.2 and 1.7 minutes are the most shared, said the researchers.

“We find that minimal brand exposure, discreet information, and strong emotion are key drivers of virality,” Tellis said. (IANS)

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Mark Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Publishes ads Containing Lies

The revelation led the Menlo Park, California-based firm to launch an investigation into how apps use the data of Facebook users, and this led to the suspension of thousands of apps that did not adhere to the firm's use rules

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FILE - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a Facebook developer conference in San Jose, California, May 1, 2018. VOA

Facebook  founder Mark Zuckerberg defended the social network’s policy of publishing campaign ads that contain false statements or lies and claimed that people will just have to live with it and decide for themselves what is true and what is not true.

In a speech at Georgetown University in Washington on Thursday, Zuckerberg admitted that he is concerned about the “erosion of truth” in society and online, but he rejected the idea that his firm and other tech companies should be the ones to decide whether info placed on the social networks is accurate or not, Efe news reported.

“I don’t think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies judge to be 100 percent true,” he said, adding that he does not believe that a “private company (should) censor politicians or the news in a democracy.”

It is the public who “should decide what is credible, not tech companies,” the Facebook CEO said.

He said that there were exceptions to that general rule, asserting that Facebook was not going to allow content to be posted that incites violence or poses an imminent risk of harm.

He said that people place ads on Facebook about many more things than elections, and that poses a challenge on where to draw the line at what is allowed.

“I believe that when it’s not absolutely clear what to do, we should err on the side of greater expression,” he said, going on to say that prohibiting election ads would favor incumbents or candidates seeking re-election.

“Do we ban ads about health care or immigration or women’s empowerment? And if you’re not going to ban those, does it really make sense to give everyone a voice in the political debates except for the candidates themselves?” asked Zuckerberg.

Mark Zuckerberg. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Facebook CEO’s remarks come after Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren posted ads on the social network in which she incorrectly declared that Zuckerberg supports President Donald Trump’s re-election.

Warren, who admits that the claim made in the ads is not correct, has harshly criticized the monopoly held on the social networks by the big tech companies and called for their breakup.

In his speech, Zuckerberg said that if the government and online platforms jointly addressed issues like data privacy, data portability, content and elections critics would be less likely to try and break up big tech firms.

“If that at happens, I don’t think people will end up concluding that breaking up the companies is the right thing to do,” he said.

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The biggest controversy Facebook has faced in recent years came in March 2018 when it became known that British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica used an application to gather data on millions of Facebook users without their consent and then used that data for political ends.

The firm used the data to prepare psychological profiles of voters that it allegedly sold to the then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign before the 2016 election, among other things.

The revelation led the Menlo Park, California-based firm to launch an investigation into how apps use the data of Facebook users, and this led to the suspension of thousands of apps that did not adhere to the firm’s use rules. (IANS)