While I completely agree with the OP that the capacity to post live content would be something awesome, and remove the annoying composition time
between the alert going out, and the event about which the article or post is being made.
However, because ATS has never supported the idea of ABSOLUTE freedom of speech, this idea just simply cannot work. In order to make such a thing
work, there would need to be about a hundred mods, for every thousand of us, and even then they would likely be highly overworked. The reason for
this, is that as anyone who has ever heard a swear word on day time live news will know, or anyone who has ever been watching a cricket match and had
a streaker just plough across the pitch will everything hanging out will also know, there are no parental controls on live televisual media. There
Lets say you and I live in the same town, and we are both streaming a live bit of news, a stand off outside a bank, where a robber has taken the bank
clerk hostage. When we are both streaming our news to ATS, some little kid could be watching our stream, caught up in the drama. Then BOOM robbers
head is nothing more than a rapidly expanding cloud of brain matter, skull fragments, snot globules,blood and strings of spare mucus. The skull
fragments embed themselves in the head of the hostage, but do not kill them, meanwhile the body of the now headless robber, spewing copious amounts of
vitae, collapses to the floor, twitching spasmodically. Yep, the firearms officers have blown off his head with a rifle round from all the way down
the other end of the High Street.
All of a sudden, the little kid has just seen a mans head implode from the presure wave shock of a fifty cal round passing through the space it used
to occupy, painting everything from the hostage to the front door of the bank in all sorts of lurid things the colour of innards and death. Never mind
the fact that this fellow is a scumbag, he has just been destroyed in the most vengeful fashion that modern ballistic technology can possibly allow
for. That would be a terrifying thing to witness as a kid, and I can understand ATS not wanting to be a place that could theoretically happen in. At
least when a video has already been shot, the person uploading it can place a warning tag on it, saying:
"Warning: It is recommended that children, and those of a nervous persuasion ought not watch this video, as its contents may alarm, sicken, or
disturb. Contains extremely graphic, real life violence, and death."
Using this disclaimer, one can say "Oh thats ok though, because I warned people. Its thier choice wether they want to watch it or not." I think
that will be the clincher. Because anything can happen, at any time, live broadcasts can produce circumstances which cannot be vetted or indeed judged
until they are finished, and while that would be a great thing to have, it cannot happen on a site which tries where it can, to avoid the
unpredictability of real life by banning swearing, images of copulation, and the discussion of various topics surrounding illegal substances and thier
However, there is no need to suggest that ATS will be left behind. This still is, and probably always will be the best, the only place, to find some
of the most comprehensive information on alternative topics anywhere on the internet, and its membership , dont forget, is growing, not shrinking.
This last year or so has been one of the websites most active in terms of its growth, and the lack of a live streaming service appears to have done it
no harm whatsoever.
Put another way, the entire membership of the site cannot be wrong... well , not all at once right?