Screenshot of Liveleak's homepage
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|Owner||Beyond Vision Solutions Ltd|
|Slogan(s)||Redefining The Media|
|Alexa rank||99 (July 2014[update])|
|Launched||October 31, 2006|
LiveLeak is a UK-based video sharing website that lets users post and share videos. LiveLeak places emphasis on current events, politics and reality-based footage such as war scenes from various parts of the world.
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.
Saddam Hussein execution
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.
LiveLeak was again in the spotlight in March 2008, when it hosted the anti-Qur'an film Fitna made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders. LiveLeak holds to being strictly non-biased in its approach to members and their content, believing in freedom of speech within the site rules regardless of how certain content might offend them personally. Fitna was taken down after threats were made against LiveLeak staff, but (as of 2008) is back online after LiveLeak reportedly improved security. The video was once again removed on April 1, this time it was removed by the user citing that it was taken down due to copyright wrangles and a new version will be uploaded "soon".
Since May 14, 2007, The United States Department of Defense has restricted access to websites such as YouTube and MySpace in order to prevent violations of Operations Security. One can easily watch war footage from Iraq and Afghanistan, which many show videos from soldiers of the United States and other countries.
On July 30, 2007, the BBC programme Panorama broadcast a show about how young people were getting physically assaulted and knocked unconscious. When Panorama queried the "extremely violent videos" that had been posted to LiveLeak's website, co-founder Hayden Hewitt refused to take them down, stating, "Look all this is happening, this is real life, this is going on, we're going to show it."
LiveLeak states there are relatively few such videos on the site and should the uploaders be found to have participated in the violent attack or filmed it themselves, it would aid the police with any prosecutions.
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