YouTube videos can no longer be included in a Facebook profile. According to social media strategist Matt Navarra, “profile videos are going gone shortly” in the Facebook app. That’s right; on February 7, 2022.
Seemingly, only those Facebook users who have a profile video configured will receive this alert. The organization has requested a new photo by February 7th. If you don’t change your profile photo, the video’s cover image (which serves as your avatar in the news feed and in comments) will be used instead.
This is hardly shocking, though. The ability to add fresh profile videos was taken away by Facebook about a year ago. An old profile video will still play, but you won’t be able to upload a new one. To date, the corporation has offered no explanation for the shift. The lack of user enthusiasm for the feature is more likely the cause.
After 7 Years, Facebook Is Getting Rid of Profile Videos.
The Facebook profile video feature, which debuted in 2015, has been available for over seven years. You could use a seven-second video as your app identity. After that, the video keeps playing in a continuous loop.
The firm expected this feature to be extremely well-liked because it enriches the whole Facebook experience with a humorous twist. But fate would not have it that way. After seven years, there are still many people who aren’t aware that profiles can have videos. The minority of those that are aware of it have little to no interest in it. Some people tried it at first out of curiosity, but they quickly abandoned it in favor of traditional still photographs. Probably just a small percentage of people always put up a video for their profile.
Therefore, it is reasonable for the business to disable the function. There will be those who are unhappy with Facebook’s decision to prioritize profile photographs over videos, but the social media giant is probably well aware that this won’t affect the great majority of its users.
Meanwhile, Facebook allows you to view, download, and delete your old profile videos if you were one of the extremely small percentages of users who really made use of this tool. It has provided a comprehensive help page with clear, numbered instructions.
There is only a week left before the deadline, so unless you want Facebook to use the cover image of your profile video as your new profile photo, you should probably convert to a static profile picture soon. If there is any announcement made by the company, we will let you know.