Notorious video sharing web site LiveLeak is dead, shutting down on Wednesday after 15 years of nightmare gasoline and trauma. Sorry if you happen to needed to see a brutal homicide for some cause.
Based in 2006 by the staff behind gore web site Ogrish, LiveLeak was infamous for internet hosting graphic movies of actual violence — together with Saddam Hussein’s execution and the beheading of journalist James Foley. The shock web site had a laissez faire perspective towards such content material, reveling within the gory clips that websites equivalent to YouTube prohibited. It additionally got here underneath fireplace for hosting a film that argued the Quran encourages violence against non-Muslims.
Nevertheless, as of Might 5, the gore is no extra. LiveLeak’s web site now redirects to Itemfix, a brand new service permitting customers to submit and edit video, audio, and pictures.
In a statement on the Itemfix website, LiveLeak co-founder Hayden Hewitt thanked his nameless collaborators and expressed pleasure at shifting on to Itemfix.
“The world has modified loads over these previous couple of years, the Web alongside it, and we as individuals,” stated Hewitt.
Although ostensibly run by members of the identical staff that ran LiveLeak, Itemfix’s rules are a bit stricter in terms of its content material coverage. Somewhat than evaluating graphic media on a “case by case basis,” Itemfix explicitly prohibits “extreme violence or gory content material.”
Solely time will inform how strictly this might be enforced.
“The factor is, [LiveLeak has] by no means been lower than exhilarating, difficult and one thing we had been all totally dedicated to,” stated Hewitt. “Nothing lasts without end although and…we felt LiveLeak had achieved all that it may and it was time for us to strive one thing new and thrilling.”
“[W]hilst I do know a lot of you can be upset, probably offended, about our resolution I do hope you additionally perceive our causes and recognize that, alongside you, we’ve walked collectively by way of some attention-grabbing instances and a few loopy ones. Generally it is simply the precise time to chart a brand new path.”