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Live-Stream App Users Up to No Good
By: Jessica Cherok
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Live-streaming apps are so hot right now, but not just in popularity. The two biggest apps out there, Periscope and Meerkat, have found themselves in hot water after piracy and softcore porn complaints began cropping up.

This past Sunday, some users used the sites to live-stream HBO’s Game of Thrones. In response, HBO issued takedown requests to the sites. Game of Thrones has been the most pirated content ever, and HBO is likely having quite a time trying to keep up with all of the places its pirated content keeps showing up.

While Periscope and Meekat have not commented on the piracy issue, it’s certainly a concern that will keep coming up unless some safeguards are put in place. However, the two sites may have a more pressing issue to deal with.

As these live-streaming apps have become more popular, so has the tendency to use them for strip teasing. Because the stream is live — real-time live — there’s no delay to catch questionable content before it’s streamed.

Both apps offer the ability to report naughty streams, but that is, of course, after the fact. Periscope even takes it a step further, allowing users to block offensive streams.

Still, neither site has done a good job of defining what actually constitutes offensive content, leaving a lot of questions about what is and isn’t appropriate.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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