The Guardian: Channel 4 News defends Facebook live stream of battle for Mosul
Broadcasters including Al-Jazeera accused of using war as entertainment and criticised over presence of emojis on their feeds.
Channel 4 News has defended its decision to live stream a conflict for the first time amid concerns over the dangers of watching the battle for Mosul on a Facebook live feed.
The publicly owned broadcaster joined other TV stations including Al-Jazeera and Rudaw, a Kurdish news agency, to live stream the advance of Iraqi troops and Kurdish fighters into Mosul, Islamic State’s last major stronghold in Iraq.
Watched more than 500,000 times by lunchtime on Tuesday, the Channel 4 News feed prompted a mixed response with several users questioning the appropriateness of “liking” and pasting emojis on scenes of potential devastation.
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Update: Channel 4 News defends Facebook live stream of battle for Mosul (The Guardian).
WNU Editor: The live feeds are dead now .... but I do expect more live coverage in the future.