You can track the Turkish unrest on Facebook Live Video and Periscope because the main TV network has been taken over by the Turkish military.
If you haven’t been up to the news, there was an attempted coup in Turkey against the President Erdogan. The common people in Turkey have been live streaming the goings on using Facebook Live Video and Twitter’s Periscope services and have been sharing videos and audios in real time. Many foreign news services have been picking up bits and pieces of information from the live streaming of common people rather than professional journalists. There were chaotic scenes of military personnel arresting people and some people climbing on tanks.
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Live streaming is available only when it is happening so sometimes when you click the links they might not work. It also seems that in some parts of the world Facebook Live Video isn’t yet available.
Ever since live streaming services like Facebook Live Video became active people have been streaming incidents from ground zero. The most recent was the incident in which a black US citizen was shot in the arm by a white policeman and while the victim bled to death, his girlfriend live streamed the aftermath on Facebook Live Video.
Coming back to the latest Turkish unrest, throughout the country, and especially from the capital of Ankara people have been live streaming using social networking services like Facebook Live Video and Periscope. In 2011 the so-called Arab Spring was the first incident during which social media was extensively used not just to spread around news but also to coordinate protests and marches.
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