The Yellow Vest movement in France started in part through Facebook groups and Facebook Live’s call-to-actions against inequality. Many used Facebook Live to document key moments, such as police confrontations. Which enabled groups to organize watch parties with other members, which would circulate the videos quickly beyond the groups. However, many of the videos where unsourced creating the potential to spread an incomplete picture and creating the ripe conditions to facilitate manipulation by various political interests. The Yellow Vest movement then became an umbrella for all issues: “US President Donald Trump retweeted a fake video of the protests and linked them to economic anger as a result of the 2015 global climate change agreement he pulled out of last year. The tweet claimed the Yellow Vests were chanting “We want Trump!”, which was completely untrue.”
These are a collection of case studies showing how livestreaming and co-presence have been used to help human rights defenders (and some on how it has been exploited for harm), current features and tools that can enhance their work, and a look into how emerging technologies can show us new possibilities in this field.
AR + VR
Other emerging tech