Facebook Live is one of different streaming methods that there are but probably the most popular one out of all of them, surpassing their main rivals Twitter’s version Periscope being key.
Facebook Live is a technology that can help journalists like me enormously as it allows things to be shown live across the world in a couple of easy clicks of a button!
the feature owned by Facebook themselves can be used in so many different ways including streaming live sporting events, example below here of Dover Vs Tranmere Rovers being streamed, it can also be used for business reasons in meetings and also to get people talking about a particular topic or subject.
This has an aspect of Jürgen Habermas’s theory of the ‘Public Sphere’. Facebook as you know is already viewed by billions of users across the world and having Facebook live, this just makes it easier for people to say and have their opinion on different things.
Even if people don’t want to comment on the live video, there is an option for them to share their thoughts through emoticons which pop up on the stream.