Sat. Aug 24th, 2019

The world is turning against live streaming

The world is turning against live streaming

On June 22nd, 2016, Democrats in the House of Representatives staged a sit-in on the floor of Congress. Days before, a man had murdered 49 people and injured 53 others in a shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and Democrats organized a protest in an effort to pass gun control legislation. Republicans, hoping to reduce the impact of the Democrats’ publicity stunt, ordered C-SPAN not to turn on its cameras and broadcast the protest. But Democrats didn’t need a broadcasting partner: they had smartphones. Periscope and Facebook Live, which had both been introduced within the past year, allowed members of Congress to broadcast the protests themselves.

It was a thrilling moment. C-SPAN cleverly re-broadcast the streams, and the incident…

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