A big survey conducted by the Ministry of Culture of Spain shows that music and video downloads have fallen from 18.3% to 5.1% and from 16.1% to 3.7% in four years.
On the other hand, 5 times the number of Spaniards have a subscription to streaming platforms, of which Netflix is the most popular.
Experts point out that the increase in bandwidth and a decrease in membership prices have caused many not to feel the need to download content and consume it offline, much less seeding it.
According to ADSLZone data, Netflix traffic is 20 times higher than BitTorrent traffic, and in many cases, for every 50MB downloaded via Torrent, 1GB is downloaded through Netflix.
Despite this situation, in other parts of Europe and Asia, the use of Torrent continues to enjoy great popularity, with a considerable increase in followers over the last decade and estimates 2x growth in traffic as new platforms are created.
Facebook Wants to Kill The Pirate Bay and Other Torrent Sharing Sites
If you recently tried to share a link to a torrent site on Facebook, you probably found that you couldn't do it. The same thing happens for links shared on its Messenger app.
TorrentFreak reported a few days ago that the social network was blocking links to The Pirate Bay. However, it seems that Facebook has blocked other sites such as RARBG, 1337x, Limetorrents, Torrentseek, Torrentz2, Torrents.io, The Pirate Bay, and others for "breaking its community rules."
This move is not new for Facebook. The Social media behemoth has previously blocked direct links to torrent files from TPB; however, they have decided to increase its censorship even more by blocking access to any link associated with a torrent sharing site.
Two years ago, Facebook wrote a formal letter to The Pirate Bay, asking the platform to remove the “share” button from its website. TPB didn’t respond so Zuckerberg decided to ban the platform.
Facebook argues that Torrents violate its terms of service because those files can be used for sharing of content without the proper permission of its owner. However, if that is the case, many experts and lawyers also argue that Facebook should ban the illegal content because there are many other links used to share legal content which are being affected by Facebook’s policies without any just cause