With the prediction that it will be entirely video in 5 years, Facebook is effectively predicting the end of the written word

You might have heard: Facebook’s vice president for Europe Nicola Mendelsohn predicts that the platform will be “all video” within 5 years (Nieman Lab)

But did you know: “Facebook has arguably made us all writers,” Cassie Werber writes, giving millions of people a platform to share their views. But with the prediction from Mendelsohn that Facebook will be entirely video within five years, Werber writes that Facebook is effectively predicting the end of the written word, replaced by video. Mendelsohn explains: “The best way to tell stories in this world, where so much information is coming at us, actually is video. It conveys so much more information in a much quicker period. So actually the trend helps us to digest much more information.”

+ But in contrast to Mendelsohn’s prediction, a new report from Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism shows that video news isn’t growing as fast as you might think: Only a quarter of respondents (which were drawn from 26 countries) watched news video online in a given week (Nieman Lab)