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Periscope Gains Popularity and Critics
By: Jessica Cherok
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There really isn’t much hotter than Periscope right now. But while the live-streaming app has gained a lot of fans, it has also ruffled quite a few feathers.

For those that don’t know, Periscope is a live-streaming video app that allows users to "explore the world through someone else’s eyes." According to Periscope’s website, “A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.”

Users love it, though as its popularity grows, so do concerns about privacy and piracy.

Whether it’s filming someone without their permission or uploading explicit content, Periscope has received a lot of criticism. The company has repeatedly stressed it has mechanisms in place for reporting and removing inappropriate content, but many privacy experts believe more needs to be done.

Beyond privacy, Periscope is now dealing with a piracy issue. Media companies like HBO, Showtime, and others have criticized Periscope for allowing users to live-stream their content. During HBO’s Game of Thrones season premiere in April, users streamed the episode, causing outcry from HBO, which issued several take-down requests. More requests — 66 total — were issued after the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

According to Periscope’s founder, Kayvon Beykpour, the concerns are more media hype than actual issues. 

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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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