How Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube are handling live streams of the Capitol mob attack

How Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube are handling live streams of the Capitol mob attack


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A mob of President Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building this afternoon, and the event was livestreamed. On YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, and more, you could get a view of protestors gathered outside of — and eventually inside of — the US Capitol. In some cases, the streams were monetized through tipping features. In others, streamers encouraged viewers to donate to accounts on Patreon or GoFundMe.

The event presented a sudden and serious moderation challenge for YouTube and other platforms, particularly ones that allowed live streams. YouTube, Facebook, and other social media networks prepared for the 2020 elections in November by setting up policies around labeling and banning misinformation and calls for violence. As…

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