‘What YouTube taught me about Facebook Live and violent footage’

While working for YouTube, Hunter Walk says protests in the Middle East and eventually Arab Spring forced YouTube to think about questions of “newsworthiness” for content that would otherwise violate YouTube’s terms of use — a situation similar to the one Facebook is facing around live video right now. Walk writes YouTube eventually decided human rights activists were a segment of their audience they wanted to support: “My hope for Facebook Live … is that they’re able to not just feel proud they have built a tool that can help activism occur, but continue to put resources behind supporting activists. Not just with #StayWoke T-shirts (although those are cool), but with engineering resources and policy decisions.”