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Facebook Live and Ilk Usher in New Era of Citizen Journalism

As the heartbreaking and violent events of last week played out, it became quickly apparent how vital Facebook Live and other easily accessible livestreaming platforms had become to journalism.

Writes Tech Times’ Lauren Keating, “The positive thing about sharing videos like these live is that the stories of the lives lost may not have seen the light of day if they were not broadcasted in that moment. This goes to show the importance of citizen journalism. While it also allows users to express their first amendment right, should social media really allow people to live broadcast murders? Where does the line fall between broadcasting events in such a raw form and censoring them so Timelines and Stories aren’t filled with bloodbaths and extreme violence? Should there be community standards?”

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