I just wanted to say happy birthday to LIVELEAK. The site went live on October 31, 2006. Founded by the team responsible for the Ogrish.com shock site, it aims to take reality footage, politics, and world events and combine them with the power of citizen journalism.
The site came to prominence in 2007 following the unauthorized filming and leaking of the execution of Saddam Hussein, and was referred to by White House Press Secretary Tony Snow and then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Racial slurs and racism on LiveLeak
Hayden Hewitt has made three specific points regarding racism on Liveleak: "1) We don't particularly care whether you are racist or not. As an organisation we take no stance on your ideologies or beliefs." "2) We don't particularly care if people are offended by what they might see on LiveLeak. It's not our job, or intention, to wrap any religion or race in cotton wool on here." and this seemingly contradictory third point, "3) We will not tolerate certain racial slurs."
When pressed regarding point three, Hewitt refused to state exactly which kind of racial slurs or racism were allowed, saying: "Why make it clear? Better people err on the side of caution [in my opinion]." Further into the thread Hewitt points out censorship is based on protecting the site rather than people's feelings.
I LOVE LIVELEAK!
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