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Spillcam was a live feed of the leak site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The live footage first became available to the general public on May 12 when BP was pressured by politicians to release the footage. The footage led lawmakers to accuse BP of misleading the public about the spill flow rate.[1] On 3 June, the number of viewable vantage points available was increased from 1 to 12.[2] The spillcam became an Internet sensation and at times received millions of views.[3] In November 2010, "spillcam" topped the list of top words of 2010 on the Global Language Monitor's survey.[4]


  1. ^ Steve Hargreaves (21 May 2010). "Lawmakers hit BP: 'Live video doesn't lie'". Cable News Network. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  2. ^ Patrik Jonsson (3 June 2010). "BP live feed 'spillcam' now offers 12 views of oil spill". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  3. ^ Ben Nuckols and Greg Bluestein (28 May 2010). "Oil spill cam becomes Internet sensation". Associated Press. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  4. ^ RC (16 November 2010). "BP's 'spillcam' top word of 2010 with 'Hu' top name". The Independent. London. Retrieved 17 November 2010.

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