Facebook (FB) Stock Slides, Executive Fischer Apologizes for Inflated Video Metrics - TheStreet

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Facebook (FB) - Get Report were lower in early-afternoon trading on Friday after the company overestimated key video metrics for viewing time on advertisement videos.

"While this is only one of the many metrics marketers look at, we take any mistake seriously," VP of business and marketing partnerships David Fischer said today in a Facebook post.

For the past two years, the Milpitas, CA-based social media company has been including video views of only three seconds or more in viewing counts, which artificially inflated the average time users spent watching videos.

Facebook disclosed the information a few weeks ago on its "Advertiser Help Center" page.

The mistake could have overestimated average viewing time by between 60% and 80%, ad buying firm Publicis Media said.

Various large ad buyers and marketers are upset with the company over the issue, sources told the Wall Street Journal.

"We want our clients to know that this miscalculation has not and will not going forward have an impact on billing or how media mix models value their Facebook video investments," Fischer noted, later apologizing for the mistake.

Facebook will introduce a new metric to fix the issue.

More than 19.21 million shares of Facebook have traded so far today vs. the 30-day average volume of 16.13 million.

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