Live Streaming as Activism

  • BROOKE GLADSTONE: A lot of people think of live streaming as a paragon of objectivity. Is this really the case?
  • MANS ADLER: No, but it's definitely much harder to fake. I mean, it has the potential of validating things that a lot of other tools have a hard time of validating. Since Twitter is only text, it's very hard for a news editor to validate if someone writes that there is 100,000 people on Tahrir Square at the moment. However, if they are live streaming, then a news editor will be able to send a real time chat saying, can you broadcast to the right, and they will validate that this is going on right here, right now...
  • BROOKE GLADSTONE: …What is the relationship between news outlets and this live streaming?
  • MANS ADLER: A lot of news outlets pick up our videos, use it around their websites or even in their traditional broadcasting scenarios. We have deals with all the public broadcasters in Scandinavia and also a couple of the private ones.
  • When the bomb exploded in Oslo in the 22nd of July this year, there was a person starting a live broadcast, and he - with the bomb they had taken out, and that video was directly picked up by the Danish national broadcaster. So it took four minutes from he started his broadcast until that broadcast was live on the television in the market.
  • FJP: Mans Adler is a co-founder of Bambuser, a live streaming mobile app. Read on at
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