For the last five months, the City has used “Facebook Live” to both broadcast in real-time and record for later viewing, the City Council meetings, a tremendous benefit to citizens interested in staying informed. However, a small handful of citizens and non-citizens have polluted the medium by posting insulting and abusive comments while often propagating false or misleading information.
While decorum during meetings restricts attendees from injecting themselves in the Council proceedings, no modicum of decorum governs viewer comments, a function that Facebook does not allow to be turned off.
That is until the City discovered YouTube Live, which has just come out of Beta testing.
Like Facebook Live, YouTube Live is another other cost-effective option (it’s FREE) for broadcasting and recording a multi-hour meeting live via the internet.
Best of all, citizens can watch the proceedings unaccosted buy unwelcome viewer comments, just as it is with those that attend meetings in person!
Speaking about the new medium Mayor Steinhagen stated; “While this may frustrate the boisterous few, the city council is the voice of the people of M-C, especially the silent majority that elected them to limit the size and scope of the city government as they preserve and protect the city’s wide open spaces and more rural lifestyle.”
The first broadcast via YouTube Live will be on November 14 at 6:30 pm. Copy and paste the following link to go to the live page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCekZVdxZaHfDVTg9c3L84ug/live