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  • Blog 'LiveLeak Blog'
    Added: Dec-8-2011 By: LL_Hayden

    Welcome to the official LiveLeak blog. In here we'll be posting about developments, issues, and anything else related to the site.

    Media Partnerships continued...

    Entry Added: 6 days ago By: LL_Hayden

    I guess we have to go over this again seeing as the rumour mill is in full swing. Lately I've been told we have been bought by RT, which was news to me. And that any anti-Russian commentary can get you banned. Given my personal views on Putin which I have voiced on several occasions you might wonder why I'm still here myself.

    Our latest media partnership was with EuroNews. They're pretty big. They didn't buy us either. I've also noticed nobody claiming they run the site and anyone speaking out against...er...Europe gets banned. It's quite interesting how a media partnership with a company you have no issues with is somehow less sinister than a media partnership with an outlet you don't like.

    We'll keep adding media partners as we see fit. From big companies down to tiny independents. As far as I'm concerned it's all media and if I find editorial content in there which I don't like I simply won't watch it or I'll comment on the fact.

    I understand people adding up two plus two and getting six then telling me I'm wrong when I suggest the answer probably should be four. I understand the need for some people to validate their opinion by assuming there must be a conspiracy against it. I do understand, but that understanding doesn't mean I don't wonder how in the hell you come up with some of this crap and then post it as being an absolute fact when it clearly isn't and there's no other evidence to the contrary.

    Are there "sockpuppet" accounts? I don't know for sure, I did check a list recently from a member who drew up all the accounts he decided were Russian influenced. Most of them were North American so I guess the Russian government is hiring in your neighbourhood! Thing is, if I can't prove it neither can you. You can assume some people are "sockpuppets" but it's gotten to the point that nobody can have a different opinion to anyone else without there being some shady government involvement. That's truly paranoid behaviour, folks.

    In closing, nothing I say will convince you otherwise so I guess you'll just have to see how things go. I don't doubt for a moment that once the whole Ukraine / Russia deal quietens down some of you can go back to accusing us of selling out to Israel / The CIA / MI6 / Saudi Arabia and apparently Google as has been claimed in the past.

    That's pretty much all I have to say on this for now. There are far more interesting and exciting things coming up for LL and handling paranoia isn't one of them. Just enjoy the site, guys. Argue over issues, agree, disagree, do all that good stuff but chill out on the crazy stuff, it's all sounding a bit Infowars with every damn thing becoming some kind of conspiracy.
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    Just calm down and take a deep breath.

    Entry Added: Jul-15-2014 By: LL_Hayden



    We realise that with the Israel / Palestine conflict we're going to see an increase in tensions here on LL and it's something we've seen before. Recently it was all over Syria but whenever these two go at it then things get a little more tense.

    We get two kinds of complaints when this happens. The first is that we're obviously a pro-Zionist organisation. The second is that we protect Muslims because we're all Euro dhimmi scum. Oddly enough the language used is near identical.

    "You gave me an infraction just for telling the truth!!!". When you check the comment you tend to find they got an infraction for breaking the rules, however this is ignored by the poster who is often determined that it's because of their ground breaking opinion being so abrasive to our pro Jewish / Muslim mods.

    "You feature a video of X but not my video which doesn't have anything going on, repeats the same thing heard on dozens of other videos, and often hints at an underlying theme. You are SO biased". Yes, we are biased. We try to use the front page as a shop window, not as a place to post 20 minutes of dull rhetoric repeated ad infinitum.

    LiveLeak is NOT a political vehicle, it's a vehicle. As individuals I'm sure we're as biased as the next person but as an organisation we - unlike you - believe passionately in not allowing bias to harm our site leaving you free to be as biased as you like.

    Doubtless some of you - many of whom have already sent me private messages - will be sat there thinking it's all bullshit but why would you think differently. You don't want us to be unbiased, you want us to support YOUR bias, something that is patently obvious given the nature of many communications.

    If we're so biased why do we allow PressTV to post here? Ruptly? Several US and UK outlets? Euronews? Why do we allow YOU to post on LiveLeak and not simply vanish your account? Why not do us all a favour and continue to support whichever "team" you like and leave us to run a website without your rampant paranoia eating into our day? We'll all be happier, after all.
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    I haz complain!

    Entry Added: Jun-17-2014 By: LL_Hayden

    Complaints are taken by some as almost an insult, some folks take criticism as a commentary on their effectiveness in their given position. The wise man takes it as a sign that people either a) Care about the site and therefore are invested in it or b) The sort of people who just complain about any situation where they don't get their own way. Of course, sometimes it's tricky when the criticism is rounded off with "and you suck cock" but that's just the way the cookie crumbles I suppose.

    I thought it couldn't hurt to address a couple of things, throw a couple of answers out there, and then we can maybe finish this off during the Live stream this coming Thursday (if you're reading this after Thursday 19th June 2014 you missed out. What with all the strippers, gore, and real time UFO footage it sure was a stream to remember. I had a hangover for a week!).

    Right then, first up is "I don't like the YourSay / LiveLeakers deal"

    I can understand that. It's not perfect and it's still early days. Sometimes there are inconsistencies and other times some folks think they should be entitled to post wherever they like and screw anyone else. When we started YourSay the resistance was brutal but we stuck with it, had we thought 6-12 months down the line that it wasn't working we'd have tried something else or just binned it. We don't mind getting things wrong, it's better than not trying.

    Also, maybe you guys could even try working WITH us. The LiveLeakers section gets close to the same traffic as YourSay, you could build it I guess. It's up to you.

    Features!

    The guys picking the features do not and cannot watch every upload. Certain accounts come to their attention and those accounts are checked. Also the featured media section is about having a shop window for the site which shows a wide variety of material. If we solely chose on votes or views for the frontpage then we'd end up a day behind and probably far worse off. We never promised anyone a feature, I know it's cool when it happens but it mostly won't.

    I DON'T LIKE (insert person or media topic here) and they're ruining LL!

    Don't watch them / it. Problem solved.




    I get some of you guys feel invested in the site and I think it's awesome. Thing is, you have to remember we're handling a site which gets around 19 million unique viewers a month right now. That's nothing compared to the likes of YT but in our eyes it's a LOT! This doesn't come cheap and we run the site as best we can balancing ideals and good business sense. It will never be perfect and I'd rather a slightly inconsistent human touch than a draconian automated system any day of the week.
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