Live streaming apps have exploded in recent times with apps like flinch, Periscope and Facebook and YouTube all able to stream from any mobile phone.
WHAT THE RISK?
Flinch – was based on the old staring contest first person on the app to flinch looses. Sounds innocent right? the app was highjacked by predators exposing themselves on camera.
The same mechanics that have turned TikTok into this year’s fastest-growing social media app have brought with them a dark side: sexual predation.
In an era when the failure of social media giants to police their platforms has gone from a scandal to a fact of life, an ad hoc network of young women is springing up to combat the exploitation that seems inseparable from the Chinese-owned app’s explosive success.
One of the most popular kinds of videos from TikTok’s users, who are mostly young and female, are lip-synch videos, where they dance and sing along with their favorite songs. These performances are sometimes sexualized by older men who lurk on the app, sending the young creators explicit messages and, in some cases, remixing the videos and dancing along with them via a TikTok feature called “duet.”
And the platform doesn’t just overlook this kind of conduct, like YouTube — its core mechanics inadvertently facilitate it. Like all social media platforms, TikTok is optimized for engagement, algorithmically steering users to content via a “For You” page that works like if Facebook’s News Feed were curated like Netflix’s landing page. It learns what you like and shows you more and more of it. It also reacts in real time, delivering an endless stream of similar videos, even if you aren’t logged in.
“If some creepy guy just keeps liking videos of younger girls doing similar audios or soundtracks or hashtags, those are going to keep coming up on his ‘For You’ page,” said an 18-year-old user named Liz W., who goes by @bithoeji on the app and spoke on the condition her full last name not be used. “So it’s easier for him to find more victims. And I think that’s what makes it so easy for predators to come on it and victimize young children.”
Scenarios 1 – So your at your favourite concert it going well and you really into it. you get your phone out so your friends can see the fun your having and start live Streaming.
What the Risk?
Without the concert venue permission you are breaking copyright laws and and illegally streaming a private concert to an online platform. this caries serious fines and some cases prison sentences.
Scenarios 1 – You out in pubic with you friends you all having a good time you start streaming to your other friends who cant make it.
Whats the risk?
Sometime you may feature people in the background unintentionally. these maybe incontinence people or criminals. You have to e careful as most criminals don’t want to leave evidence this could make you a target always check your surroundings.