Everything You Need to Know About Live Stream Policies

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A Guide to Live Stream Social Media Policies

Live stream video has taken off these days, and with that comes a lot of rules and regulations. Before you jump into your next live stream video project, make sure you know what you’re getting involved in.

Understanding restrictions and limitations on live stream video ensure that your project is a success.

Platform Policies

Every platform has its own rules. Before you begin your next live video streaming project, make sure you are following the rules of the site. Just because you know how one platform regulates live stream doesn’t mean you know how every platform does.


One of the rising live stream video platforms is Facebook. Many of the questions we see on facebook live Q&A’s are related to copyright issues.

As Facebook live continues to grow, they are getting very good at recognizing copyrighted content and flagging them to either be taken down or edited by admins.

Live broadcasters are frequently finding their videos either flagged and taken down by Facebook or audio has been cut out on certain segments of their video stream.

Here are some reasons why Facebook may flag your video, so you can avoid implementing these mal-practices:

  1. Your live video included snippets or segments of a movie or video
  2. Your live video included attempts to live stream a live performance or play, or
  3. Your live video included pieces of copyrighted music playing from a speaker or any medium that is picked up by the video.

In a nutshell, since users and Facebook themselves don’t hold rights to the music, video, or performance featured on your video, Facebook is safeguarding themselves from liability.

In other words, Facebook doesn’t want to get sued for hosting videos with copyrighted material.

Besides copyright-related guidelines, there are technical video specifications as well that you can inform yourself on to ensure you have a successfully integrated live video on the very first attempt.


YouTube applies pretty much the same policies in regards to copyright material as Facebook does, so we won’t go too in-depth with copyright issues.

If anything, YouTube is a bit more strict than Facebook.

The first time you make a copyright offense, YouTube will issue you a strike. This first strike serves as a warning to the video poster. However, after the first strike, YouTube is allowed to be more punitive if you continue to abuse copyrighted material.

After three strikes, YouTube has the right to terminate your account along with any channels that are associated with that account, remove some or all of your videos on that account, and they may ban you from creating any separate accounts.

To resolve any strikes applied to your account, YouTube can require you to complete their “Copyright School” course.

YouTube Live community guidelines and policies are great to read up on to make sure your video complies with their standards.

If you are looking to use live video streaming as a tool for your business or brand, reading the rules & regulations or guidelines to comply with can save you from posting faulty videos that are susceptible to being removed by the social media platform.

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