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Online abuse sours Hollande's use of live video application Periscope

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Online abuse sours Hollande's use of live video application Periscope

<p>Social media has proved a useful tool for the powerful to reach their target audience, without the inconvenience of having journalists verify or challenge what they say.</p> <p>Delve deep into Twitter, for example, and most governments of the world will have PR experts managing the spreading of their messages.</p> <p>So, with all this power at their fingertips, what can possibly go wrong?</p> <object id="flashObj" width="400" height="225" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=4781169190001&playerID=1330248265001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAjgltpmk~,3G6d8W41NOQ19IiTezZ7ZLKgEaJIflU4&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashVars="videoId=4781169190001&playerID=1330248265001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAjgltpmk~,3G6d8W41NOQ19IiTezZ7ZLKgEaJIflU4&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" name="flashObj" width="606" height="341" seamlesstabbing="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" swLiveConnect="true" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash"></embed></object> <br /> <p>Well, if you’re French president Francois Hollande, sometimes your PR people start using new tools without thinking through their pitfalls.</p> <p>The Élysée began using Periscope, a tool that allows users to post live video while its watchers comment in real-time on what they see.</p> <p>Hollande’s communications team filmed his recent meeting with workers at showroomprive.com.</p> <p>While the discussion with the workers was courteous, the messages appearing live on Periscope from the public were anything but.</p> <p>Hollande’s team, unable to moderate what was being published, were forced to watch as comments such as ‘Hollande: get out’, and worse, appeared on screen.</p> <p>The Élysée press team said on Twitter it was not a mistake and vowed to continue using the application.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="es" align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Merci de nous avoir suivi ce matin sur <a href="https://twitter.com/periscopeco"><code>periscopeco</a>, comme si souvent depuis un an. Prochaine diffusion demain pour la <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Paris?src=hash">#Paris</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FTTicket?src=hash">#FTTicket</a></p>&mdash; Élysée (</code>Elysee) <a href="https://twitter.com/Elysee/status/704725415940792321">1 de marzo de 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>They did, with the same result. </p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/32/58/325877/533x577_bonus-elysee-promise.jpg" alt="" /></p>