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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.

Almost 8 years of LiveLeak.

Entry Added: Oct-29-2014 By: LL_Hayden

Hard to believe but it's now almost 8 years since we opened the doors on this place. On Friday 31st of October 2014 it will be 2922 days ( or 70,128 hours!) since I sat at a computer desk in an apartment I no longer live at sometime around 6am to witness the switch on and it's been a bit of a crazy ride ever since.

Chances are I've not spent more than a month in total away from the site completely since then. Even if I'm away on business I'm checking in via whatever technology is available. I've seen some amazing videos over those years and - more importantly - I've met and interacted with some amazing people.

I've had experiences via LiveLeak I most likely wouldn't have had otherwise, both good and bad, and I can honestly say that I don't regret a single moment I've put into the site. To me LL is quite literally the most awesome site on the Interwebz. I don't expect you to agree with me, it's a big old internet after all, but that's what it is to me and I hope I'm still around to enjoy another eight years of insanity!

Naturally some thanks and credit are definitely in order. To all of our team both past and present a HUGE thank you. Without you we'd never have gotten anywhere and despite all of the abuse, hassle, and heartache you've done your part to secure the site and its position. You are all ROCKSTARS! Even though with a couple of you it didn't 'end' all that well for whatever reason never doubt you were a massive part of this and if I could I'd buy you a beer. Maybe a pack of crisps as well!

Of course the members can't go without mention here. Where would we be without you? Uploaders, commenters, trolls and lurkers. You all provide the content and the atmosphere here on LL. We do our utmost to create the most useful platform for your needs no matter what they are and if we don't meet your expectations be assured we're probably working towards it. Unless you're a troll, obviously, in which case you can kiss my hairy a...

To you guys who are new, to you guys who have been here since the beginning, to you who only watch, and you who jumped in feet first into every aspect of the site and managed not to drown. To those who went to pastures new, to those who simply drifted off, and to those who have passed away leaving both friends and relative strangers online feeling the loss of their presence I say cheers and I'll raise a pint in your honour because without you this would never have happened.

Join me on Thursday night (that's the 30th) for a live stream where we can celebrate by reminiscing and calling each other names.

Cheers one and all

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Graphic media. What's acceptable and what isn't.

Entry Added: Aug-25-2014 By: LL_Hayden

The latest situation has raised a lot of questions regarding graphic media in general. It seems a lot of people aren't familiar with what is acceptable and what isn't when it comes to videos showing stronger material. Often this leads to complaints of censorship or favouritism but in truth we've never approved all graphic media on LiveLeak.

Let's use Syria as an example. We agree that it's important to document events no matter how grotesque. Many people were sold the idea in the West that there was a popular uprising of well meaning citizens fighting a dictator. Through the media that was shared outside of the mainstream we quickly learned there were no good guys in that conflict at all with both sides carrying out the most horrific atrocities. Much the same could be said about IS videos as at one point they were the "moderate jihadists" our countries were supporting and arming.

The important wording here is "document". As I pointed out we have never approved all graphic media which is uploaded and here's the key reason why. Information.

If you post a video title "Man is beheaded" and there's a beheading video with no more information it will be rejected. If you post a selection of images of someone who's been run over by a truck with nothing else included and no reason to post beyond the fact the images are gory they will be rejected. The reason is, this isn't a gore site.

Every graphic video is treated on a case by case basis. What information is there, does this add to anything, is this documentation or simply sharing something "gross"?

Why do we do this? Well, LiveLeak isn't a gore site. The idea behind LL was not to simply have a vehicle for gory images or videos and it has never been the case. Doubtless if you dig you'll find examples of something that has fallen through the cracks but for the most part posts require a certain value. There is no envelope to be pushed with gore anymore but if you want to do that there are certainly many sites out there for that purpose. We'd prefer not to see LL devastated by porn advertising, porn pop ups, and pay per view fake rape videos. We like to think you wouldn't be keen on that either. But if we just posted random gore all the time that's where we'd end up.

Just work with us. If you believe it's important to document certain events for whatever reason do some research and document it. Make a statement and don't just upload something because you can see the contents of someone's stomach on the floor. We're not saying be a news organisation on your own but try to add to the conversation. Many people already do this including people who live in areas experiencing terrible conflicts. We'd like to keep providing this service.

Check it isn't a repost.

Stop and think if it adds anything to the conversation


If you comply with those and it's still rejected then by all means get in touch and we can look at it again. But if you're just posting gory stuff for the sake of gore then chances are we simply won't accept it. Remember, this is nothing new I just wanted to clear it up for some folks.
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Media Partnerships continued...

Entry Added: Aug-15-2014 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 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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