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Facebook abandons Flash video

Facebook has stopped using Adobe’s Flash technology to stream video across its social network. Instead Facebook has developed a video player built around HTML5 technology. Games on Facebook would still use Flash, it said, but it was looking into ways to change those too.

The site is one among many that have turned away from Flash. Many see it as a security problem because bugs in it are often exploited by cyber thieves.

Daniel Baulig, a front-end developer at Facebook, said the switch to HTML5 had helped the social media giant speed up the development of its video-handling system. He said the HTML5 video player worked much better with accessibility tools such as screen readers that are used by people who do not see well.

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