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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.

Freedom of Speech.

Entry Added: Mar-3-2015 By: LL_Hayden

You can be sure that the most common complaint on LiveLeak regards people's 'Freedom of Speech' or rather their interpretation of it anyway. Without fail someone will break the rules they agreed to abide by in joining the site and then complain we're stifling them. We're in our ninth year here on LL and people still don't seem to grasp a rather simple concept. You have freedom of speech in its truest sense here on LL, all we ask is you avoid certain language whilst sharing your brilliant insights in order to help us keep the site viable.

Look at the rules you agreed to abide by, what part of them curtails your freedom of speech? You are still free to criticise any religion, political stance, brand of car you wish. Yes, I know pro-Muslim people claim we're pro-Jewish and pro-Jewish people claim we're pro-Muslim but that boils down to selective perception. You can post that you dislike a religion all you please but you dropping "kike" or "raghead" in there means we'll probably remove it if we find it and give you an infraction. Your freedom of speech, should you use terms we don't want on the site, is only being curtailed by yourself.

We don't have rules regarding ideology. Many people want us to launch some kind of war on racism but it's not our place to do it. Who are we to tell people "stop being an ignorant dick"? We don't want to control or rule anyone, we want to have an awesome media site with an active and vibrant community.

If you follow the rules it doesn't make you a sheep, it just means you support the site and what we're trying to do. If you find our rules oppressive just move off and find somewhere more to your liking. Making account after account to bitch about it isn't going to change things beyond cementing our opinion of you as someone we'll most likely never listen to.

Think about what freedom of speech actually means. Think about why we'd be interested in banning people from a site that relies on its members and viewers. Use your brain before churning out what's practically become a meme from people so self entitled they think the world should revolve around them. Just think.
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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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