Facebook launches new 'slideshow' ads to bring a video-like experience to emerging markets

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Facebook is launching a new ad format called "Slideshow" aimed at adapting video ads to emerging markets where slower, 2G internet connections are common.

The idea is to make it easier for small businesses with no video expertise to create engaging ad experiences that will work well even when people have spotty internet connections.

As the name would suggest, these ads won't be videos, per say, but slideshows of different pictures with text layered on top.

At this point, advertisers can't add sound, but Facebook says to "stay tuned" for more Slideshow improvements to come.

"Most people that come online and use Facebook today watch at least one video per day," Nikila Srinivasan, who heads up marketing for emerging markets, said at a press event Thursday.

The goal here is to make sure that brands and people in emerging markets can have those experiences, too.

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