The White House launched Periscope coverage for the first time Tuesday to cover the arrival of Pope Francis:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 22, 2015
“More than 11,000 people tuned in to check it out, and the White House Periscope account (quickly gained) nearly 3,800 followers,” according to the verge.com, also recalling that President Obama once called the internet “a gift from God.”
“When you broadcast, you want hearts. When you don’t get them, you wonder what’s wrong with what you’re saying, so you start to push the envelope. If you’re telling a story, you embellish because you want more approval, in real-time, from your audience.” –The Week
“Periscope addiction is inevitable.”
Sacramento police said they arrested two men with a gun who set out to threaten another man “all while broadcasting the whole thing using the Periscope app,” according to local news station turnto23.com, which added: “The two will now face a number of charges.” Police “are calling a video that depicts a man firing a gun from a moving car disturbing,” kcra.com reported.
“Police say this is the first situation like this they’ve seen locally—a social-media user broadcasting for an hour what could have been a deadly encounter as all of his Periscope followers looked on.” – CBS Sacramento
Some news organizations recently reported that another Periscope user streamed while he was “pursued by police cars with flashing lights and sirens,” but other posts suggested it may have been a hoax.
Of course, another gunman made news with video and social media last week in Virginia, although he did not stream the incident live.
As previously reported: Several news organizations were reporting that police were Periscoping traffic stops in Fargo, North Dakota.
— Nicole A Johnson (@NicoleVNL) August 20, 2015
The department said “they could use Periscope as a tool to build trust,” according to a report from wday.com.
“But the use of the app Periscope and similar smartphone tools has many asking if they’re an effective way to raise awareness about public safety — or simply a device for public shaming,” NBC News reports.
Gizmodo called the experiment “an embarrassing failure,” continuing:
“Fargo police clearly have no idea what they’re doing, but insist their social media experiment is a worthy one.”
A Fargo Police officer said they were “making sure it does not reveal drivers identities” when they used Periscope, according to kfgo.com.
Officer Jessica Schindeldecker told a news station “that it’s just another way for the department to connect with the community and increase transparency,” according to a post at officer.com.
Valley News Live has a video report:
Other police departments are using Periscope in an attempt to show all sides of police encounters,” according to a report from rt.com, adding that recently: “a St. Louis County lieutenant colonel used the app to tape protests in Ferguson, Missouri.”