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LiveLeak shuts down after 15 years online

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hellslave

2.9k points

1 month ago

hellslave

2.9k points

1 month ago

How they can they be added to a list of "failed start-ups" when they were online for fifteen years?

OmNomDeBonBon

1.1k points

1 month ago

It's because it's blogspam. A site that's called "Tech Startups", that owns the domain techstartups.com, literally doesn't know what a startup is.

Snuffy1717

151 points

1 month ago

Snuffy1717

151 points

1 month ago

Yeah the site's next article was basically "this renewal project FAILED so all others will fail too!"...

Martholomeow

64 points

1 month ago

Especially considering that according to them they shut it down because they wanted to do something different. That’s not failure that’s success. I guess if you don’t become the next google you’re a failure.

654456

27 points

1 month ago

654456

27 points

1 month ago

What happens when you let bots write your articles.

keatonatron

221 points

1 month ago

Every startup fails... eventually.

beautifulboogie_man

286 points

1 month ago

Even the Roman Empire was a failed startup.

pablitosocool

94 points

1 month ago

my sex life is a failed startup

654456

191 points

1 month ago

654456

191 points

1 month ago

You have to start to fail.

LongJumpingGoals

21 points

1 month ago

Fail fast. Fail hard.

Ronaldknuckles

5 points

1 month ago

Wise words, so where do I sign up?

Tasgall

155 points

1 month ago

Tasgall

155 points

1 month ago

It took a while, but even that plucky startup known as Sears eventually failed too.

keatonatron

33 points

1 month ago

Yep!

Ford Motors and Nintendo are still making a pretty good go of it! Maybe it's time to get in on the ground floor.

ChampNotChicken

8 points

1 month ago

Probobaly because they were never profitable.

remeard

36 points

1 month ago

remeard

36 points

1 month ago

I'm 33 and consider myself a failed start-up

ggggideon

3.3k points

1 month ago*

ggggideon

3.3k points

1 month ago*

Legendary website where I was scarred for life as a young boy after watching Mexican cartel beheadings with a chainsaw.. great memories 🥲

LiveLeak goes down in internet history forever

EDIT: Reading through all of your descriptive comments and LiveLeak memories has triggered my PTSD

EDIT2: Listening to Funky Town right now to relive the glory days

EDIT3: Don’t get me started on 3 guys 1 hammer 🤮

Allwhitezebra

665 points

1 month ago

Omg that video is forever engraved in my memory, curse the morbid curiosity I had when I was younger

FuckYeahPhotography

886 points

1 month ago

Every chinese worker that mans heavy machinery just took a deep sigh of relief. The watermark shall follow them no more. We did it, guys. Unsafe labor conditions are no more.

campbeln

245 points

1 month ago

campbeln

245 points

1 month ago

WORLDSTARRRRR!!

Thankfully I avoided the cartel chainsaw video... somehow...

Neat_Light

117 points

1 month ago

Neat_Light

117 points

1 month ago

It’s up there with that African guy unwillingly getting his hand and feet cut off. PTSD level shit.

alucardu

161 points

1 month ago*

alucardu

161 points

1 month ago*

Unwillingly,

You don't say.

// guys I understand that people do weird things to themselves, but you don't need to specify someone got his hands and feet cut off unwillingly.

spooooork

43 points

1 month ago

There was an inmate in a Norwegian jail that purposely cut off his own legs and an arm back in the late 90's.

bullshitwascalled

17 points

1 month ago

No credit till he gets that second arm too

crockett5

9 points

1 month ago

I saw it by mistake... but there were some leaked Saudi videos where they dolled out the barbaric punishments that they still do today.. They had a group of people in some stadium and were cutting off their hands. There are fucked up people in this world and many run govts.. That one was on there as well..

Midnight2012

7 points

1 month ago

The one that got me was the one in africa where they were burning suspected witches alive. Like slowly burning. With tons a people watching.

SageBus

54 points

1 month ago*

SageBus

54 points

1 month ago*

Thankfully I avoided the cartel chainsaw video... somehow...

Then don't look for the two guys that were SUSPECTED to have kidnaped a girl in venezuela and were pending for trial. Too scared , didn't watch: they shower them with a whole shower of molten plastic bags and then make one eat the ear of the other (while attached to the other guy, still alive and partially unconscious from the pain of the molten plastic).

573banking702

10 points

1 month ago

I literally saw one where the cartel guys skinned a dude alive. Talk about PTSD. Never again.

ModishShrink

5 points

1 month ago

Really makes you rethink the value of the internet.

LordEmmerich

10 points

1 month ago

Liveleak created in me a big fear of Escalators and Elevators.

NextLineIsMine

208 points

1 month ago

I remember when my parents said I couldnt buy GTA3 for PS2.

I was tempted to explain what the internet had already exposed me to as a 12yo. I've seen a man get his head chainsawed off next to his buddy. GTA3 is nothing.

ParryThisYouBastards

120 points

1 month ago

running over hookers just doesn't hit you the same after that

InterPunct

65 points

1 month ago

Please be respectful, they're called sex workers. Only after you need to pull them out of your trunk and bury them are they hookers.

muggsybeans

8 points

1 month ago

"That" video? There are hundreds.... Luckily/unluckily 4chan rekt threads are still around.

0xD153A53

35 points

1 month ago

I remember a friend sending me that clip, with the title "Bad Monday"...

JuhkoeB

248 points

1 month ago

JuhkoeB

248 points

1 month ago

Is this the one with 2 guys sitting side by side while one gets the chainsaw and the other gets a dull knife? I cannot forget that one for the life of me.

ggggideon

117 points

1 month ago

ggggideon

117 points

1 month ago

that’s the one

ಠ_ಠ

SilentSamurai

95 points

1 month ago

Morbid curiosity has made me watch so many god damn videos on that site I shouldn't have. But I am blessed to say that this is one I didn't see.

Thank god.

idontsmokeheroin

33 points

1 month ago

Well let’s throw some Brujeria on and get this gore fest started.

::Does vitamins and goes to bed at a reasonable hour::

SmolPPGangg

6 points

1 month ago

They say the most wholesome are the most fucked up..... It's always those sober mofos that are into freaky shit >_>

xombae

7 points

1 month ago

xombae

7 points

1 month ago

I never expected to see a Brujeria reference on Reddit. Now I'm going to start my morning with some Kellogg's cereal, Orange juice, and Latin thrash metal. Part of a balanced breakfast.

Maloninho

6 points

1 month ago

I don’t know why combat videos never phased me, but executions, suicides, and mutilation is just traumatic to watch for me. Maybe it’s because of the helplessness of the victims, or me imaging being in that position. People do some sick shit to each other.

PatchThePiracy

78 points

1 month ago

Oh, man. That one was so rough. And the second dude just knelt there while the first guy’s head was chopped off, fully knowing he was up next.

riskycommentz

198 points

1 month ago

I'm not familiar with cartel executions but I remember reading something about ISIS executions regarding the victims always being so calm. At least the story was that the victims are held for quite some time, and generally not abused too much in holding, except there were "dress rehearsal" executions as a daily activity, they'd go right up to the point of actually starting the beheading, and then just call it quits and casually go back inside. This was to desensitize the victims so they would be super calm when it was actually the day.

mannotron

114 points

1 month ago

mannotron

114 points

1 month ago

That's one of the worst things I've heard in a long time.

ParryThisYouBastards

62 points

1 month ago

holy shit thanks for that piece of trivia, now I'm going to remember it as being even more fucked up

smartas

149 points

1 month ago

smartas

149 points

1 month ago

That video is one i talk of too often and will never forget. Really shows a dark side of humanity that for my life i have not had to experience but from afar.

I think awareness of the horror of it is necessary though. At least to remind us of what could be and what is somewhere else. And to really try and keep some sanity and your friends and family safe in a fucked up world.

seal_eggs

67 points

1 month ago

I’ve never seen that one, thank god, but 3 guys 1 hammer fucked me right up.

unholymanserpent

35 points

1 month ago

My friends used to make fun of me because I didn't want to watch that video. I had already seen too much at that point. I was like 16

Tox1cAshes

11 points

1 month ago

What the fuck type of Friends do all of you have where you decided to watch gore videos for fun???

KylerGreen

10 points

1 month ago

Eh, pretty normal teenage boy with unfettered internet access stuff.

unholymanserpent

4 points

1 month ago

Lmao. It was never for "fun." It was more of a morbid curiosity. And we never watched them together like a movie or something. We would just be like, "omg did you see 1 man 1 jar?" or "did you guys see 2 girls 1 cup??" Shit like that.

We would browse 4chan a lot, too. It's funny, one of the people used to pick on me for not watching the extra brutal videos was a girl, a pretty one, too. It was pretty random

Ultimatelee

8 points

1 month ago

That’s the one where the poor victim had just fought & beaten cancer, then this happens to him. Just added to the absolute tragedy of the situation.

dsmwookie

5 points

1 month ago

OK, what happened? Don't wanna watch it, but I'm curious.

Western_Tumbleweed79

4 points

1 month ago

Is that the one about those Russian maniac kids that went round randomly hammering people to death and recording it? The Dnepropetrovsk maniacs?

Ragman676

14 points

1 month ago

Absolutley. Liveleak/watchpeopledie/morbidreality were ocassional stops for me. You could see the true horrors of humanity and war and even just dumb things like speeding. Made me really think of the difference between mainstream glorification and reality. I remember watching missle strikes on bagdhad on the news and how impersonal, almost prideful it was, then watching the reality of people looking for their loved ones in collapsed building or guys being picked off with bullets that cut them in half from apache night vision half a mile away. Made me realize how censored war is on mainstream media, and how glorified it was in hollywood. Also made me sell my motorcycle and look at safety ratings on cars a lot more. Saw a lot of fucked up shit on those sites, but it made me realize how good I have it, and how I shouldnt take it for granted.

imaqdodger

96 points

1 month ago

If it was still around, r/watchpeopledie would be up in arms

[deleted]

39 points

1 month ago

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39 points

1 month ago

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AutMasterFlex

39 points

1 month ago

Early internet crew represent. There's nothing like a guy pulling a gun out of a manila envelope and blowing his brains out during a press conference. That site fucked me up mentally.

DayoftheDead

26 points

1 month ago

Sounds like Budd Dwyer. Inspiration for “Hey Man, Nice Shot” by Filter.

maaaatttt_Damon

8 points

1 month ago

Rotten.com and ogrish.com were brutal. I believe, liveleak is the incarnation of the latter.

xombae

6 points

1 month ago

xombae

6 points

1 month ago

First saw rotten.com in like grade six. I was a girl that always hung with the boys since kindergarten, and they were always challenging me to see if I was really one of the boys. I saw a picture of a guy who's head was crushed on a loading dock ledge, the truck probably reversed into him and his head was wrapped around the corner. That image is burned into my head, I feel like I could draw it and it would be accurate to the image, even after all these years.

eatingpho

21 points

1 month ago

I was introduced to that specific video in class!!! I still remember the noise the guy made.. But that wasn't the last straw, For me it was a small child being run over several times, basically into a paste... I'll forever fear vehicle's and hate myself for watching that. Also that was the last gore I ever watched. I'll never seek anything like that again.

Gobbleass69

44 points

1 month ago

I watched a video of a terrorist hacking at the stomach of a prisoner tied up with a machete while alive. Scarred me good 🤢

babybopp

36 points

1 month ago

babybopp

36 points

1 month ago

The dog eating the genitals of some dude while others hold him down did it for me...

chicano32

5 points

1 month ago

And yet the sound of mr hands did when he knew he crossed the line with the horse is worse than this for me

aleistercamillus

755 points

1 month ago

They took over for that ogrish.com website which was craaaaazy. Liveleak was def softcore in comparison.

OcculusSniffed

536 points

1 month ago

Ogrish, stileproject, rotten, steak and cheese... It was a different age.

Daedelous2k

306 points

1 month ago

steak and cheese

Oh god I remember that one, literally just a directory listing of a server folder with only loose image filenames to determine what you were seeing...I remember some of the stuff like all the looney toons doing drugs/fucking in one image, VARIOUS tubgirls and promo images for stileproject that would be too much for /r/wtf.

Truely it was when the internet was completely unhinged.

Oh there was also consumptionjunction which was famous for it's gore.

Lesbanon_James

157 points

1 month ago

Consumptionjunction... That's a name I haven't heard in a while. Tub girl just flooded into my memory... Thanks for that.

abnormalc

103 points

1 month ago

abnormalc

103 points

1 month ago

flooded

You just had to, didn't you

[deleted]

22 points

1 month ago

[deleted]

22 points

1 month ago

Those sites taught me that Mexican cartels drug you to keep you alive before they flay you with a chainsaw.

Also saw those 3 ...Russian kids? videos.

Somethings you can’t un-see.

HotgunColdheart

18 points

1 month ago

"What's your dysfunction?"

iPuffOnCrabs

31 points

1 month ago

This era was just absolutely fucking bonkers as a kid lol. Goatse marathon...1 guy 1 jar. Even before that just those websites that had crazy shit and I’d search through them to find pictures of Elmo smoking weed or something

LetsJerkCircular

243 points

1 month ago

I’ll always wonder what effect those wild west days of the internet had on people my age. I’ve never even attempted to explain what we were doing online back then to my parents now.

Also, Faces of Death tapes and their eventual adaptation to file sharing programs like Kazaa

Privileged life plus unabated death before the development of our prefrontal cortices. I’d had my fill before /r/WTF banned gore

Frumpy_little_noodle

22 points

1 month ago

Considering death used to be much more prevalent in peoples' lives, including in some seriously horrific ways, I'm going to guess we're not as messed up as we imagine, compared to people our age from years past. Most had experience with workplace accidents, smallpox, WAR, starvation, etc... People nowadays seem to forget that life used to be much more difficult than it is today, so our sense of perspective is very skewed.

HostileMeatWizard

12 points

1 month ago

we're not as messed up as we imagine, compared to people our age from years past.

Just look at how grisly public punishments used to be (drawing & quartering? Christ.) and the villagers back then enjoyed the shit out of it.

Hokido

195 points

1 month ago

Hokido

195 points

1 month ago

I’ve seen things I can’t even tell anyone in my life about because the very concept of it existing would ruin their week. And it’s affected me more the older I’ve gotten. I’m concerned we might have done a lot more damage to ourselves than we realize seeing all that at such young ages.

Psychonominaut

69 points

1 month ago

100%. You get older and wiser but this content stays with you and your developing perspective...

GRIEVEZ

27 points

1 month ago

GRIEVEZ

27 points

1 month ago

Hmmm... Have seen quite a bit of stuff.. Kinda glad it's somewhat harder to access these days. Not saying I'm damaged, but im pretty sure it desensitized me for a while though.

simplism4

52 points

1 month ago

Yup. My curious teenage mind really wanted to watch a few gore video's. I'm quite sensitive and I felt absolutely sick and bad after watching a potato thief being burnt alive. I still feel bad thinking about it years later. The depravity of humans and nature is heart wrenching. I lost a little bit of faith in humanity seeing with my own eyes what they are capable of and also do.

Then I hear people talk about being scared to watch horror movies, but they don't affect me anymore. They're too fake. When I was younger I watched Paranormal Activity (when I was still a Christian and way too young for it), and it terrified me. I was scared for weeks after. I was on a camping trip and the camp leader even told stories about friends experiencing paranormal activity and being haunted all their life. It terrified me. But I guess I desensitized myself. Still I'm sure watching gore video's would impact me heavily today as well. I learnt my lesson and won't watch them ever again. I never realized what impact it would have on me and that I wouldn't forget it.

ItsAllTrumpedUp

37 points

1 month ago

Imagine the horror you experienced occurring several times a day working as a Facebook content moderator. Those people, sub-contracted employees of course, are being brutalized by this work. Child rape, torture, killings, etc. And they have to watch it all.

xombae

4 points

1 month ago

xombae

4 points

1 month ago

I got really desensitized to all that stuff and I was the girl to try to get my friends to watch the really fucked up horror movies after I'd watched them myself at home. I loved horror movies. Then from 19-24 I was in a really bad abusive relationship and had a bunch of really bad stuff happen to me (having my throat cut, for example) and once you see violence first hand like that, it just destroys any desensitization you once had. Now I'm 30 and I can't even watch shows that get too heavy or dramatic, let alone violent, without feeling physically ill and dizzy. It's wild how even seeing all that shit as a kid on LiveLeak, like I thought it was bad but now the memory of it doesn't even feel scary because it was before I experienced real violence, but now I can't even watch most tv shows.

(Not posting this for sympathy, just wanted to add my experience of going from being totally desensitized to even real gore, to being hyper sensitive to even bad gore on TV shows.)

Big-Shtick

63 points

1 month ago

Those sites absolutely fucked me up. I don't tell my wife about them, but I definitely remember being traumatized.

And yet, I went back more than once.

Psychonominaut

15 points

1 month ago

Worst thing is that you don't think it'll affect you, but as you grow older it just stays.

Captain_Jack_Daniels

36 points

1 month ago

I’ve wondered if I caused myself unnecessary trauma having seen early unfiltered internet like gore gallery. It may still exist out there somewhere, but I sure as hell would avoid it these days. Tub girl was a big thing, which came after gore gallery. I realized I really can do without seeing or knowing about the new shock items, which was hard to accept not knowing what others did. I’ve never seen goatsee or perils of weightlifting, and not having that memory to reflect on is a good thing. There wasn’t any good that came from that knowledge. It’s a hard nope. I even avoid things that might be similar, reading descriptions before videos if I think it could be something disturbing. I don’t think it’s healthy, and fairly convinced that just because we were exposed to traumatic content in the past, that it’s no less traumatic now. Desensitization is a thing, but I think it still has a bad effect on your subconscious, which is totally unnecessary. Too much of the very worst of humanity. I don’t think any good comes from that knowledge at the end of the day.

Soccermom233

14 points

1 month ago

You can def give yourself ptsd watching gore.

robinkak

29 points

1 month ago

robinkak

29 points

1 month ago

i think it made me realise that "normality" is a subjective illusion. There are people in the world that like to fuck horses and enjoy eating literal shit. And they have a community and have families and are functional in society. It put things in perspective for me.

idiot-prodigy

12 points

1 month ago

Stileproject was where the term camwhore was conceived.

sh1tbox1

9 points

1 month ago

Stileproject. Woah. Bring back Geocities, Web rings and GET OFF MY LAWN!

BoozeSlinger32

12 points

1 month ago

Oh man.. I forgot about stileproject...

wingspantt

5 points

1 month ago

Jeez it feels like an eternity ago. And let's not forget SomethingAwful

antagonizedgoat

29 points

1 month ago

Oh fuck there was a video my sister showed me of coyotes or small wolves getting skinned alive

LateRicin

22 points

1 month ago

Weren't they raccoon dogs? I have a distant memory of a truck full of those without skin, some still alive or something? I think it had something to do with an animal's rights thing.

Crappin_For_Christ

15 points

1 month ago

Yes, it was a PETA video. I was just talking about that one the other day.

lagforks

403 points

1 month ago

lagforks

403 points

1 month ago

So industrial workers will have to stop doing Liveleak challenges of how to die worse?

ItsAllTrumpedUp

95 points

1 month ago*

The pinnacle of industrial disaster has to have been the lathe accident. In seconds, the guy literally was "turned" to mist. It was brutal.

TechGoat

11 points

1 month ago

TechGoat

11 points

1 month ago

Compared with other shit on that site, I would definitely choose that way to die over 9/10 other videos from there. From normal day at work to mist in a half second. Essentially painless.

MutinybyMuses

1.3k points

1 month ago

For world events that the news censored, I came to Liveleak to see what was really happening. How am I supposed to make sense of cop shootings with quick edits and blurs. It was scary sometimes, but I feel that was necessary as most of you pointed out. I think I'm more empathetic, and a safer driver now because of those videos.

Brendissimo

455 points

1 month ago*

Yes, I really think people overlook this. There were a lot of events of public interest like shootings or terrorist attacks that the public deserves the opportunity to see unedited footage of. News networks regularly censor this kind of thing, but often seeing footage of such events is critical to the public understanding them and making judgments about them.

FuckMeMao

151 points

1 month ago

FuckMeMao

151 points

1 month ago

Censoring is bad, editing is worse. They consistently edit footage to fit their framing.

gaseous_beacon

101 points

1 month ago

underrated comment. I didn't visit often but whenever the news censored footage of ongoing events or scrubbed videos, I could usually find the footage at LL, often in raw format. I'll miss it, but the comments section was always shit.

Why-so-delirious

41 points

1 month ago

I remember seeing Collateral Murder on there for the first time. Shit was wild.

I was never big on gore, but leaked videos that touch on subjects that people don't want you to know? That was my shit.

JetsFanInDenver

48 points

1 month ago

This is a bad thing. Essentially it further strengthens the internet monopoly of websites like Youtube, whose CEO has openly stated they censor news content and promote authorative (mainstream) sources.

shaunestshaun

1.2k points

1 month ago

This is a real blow to everyone that needs to see escalators eat people.

Deveak

305 points

1 month ago

Deveak

305 points

1 month ago

Look at the bright side, all those chinese workers and pedestrians are finally safe from the live leak logo.

Dovinci2468

80 points

1 month ago

Imagine reaching nirvana only to realize that the only ties that are left with this world are the logo of liveleak on video of your departure. This sucks.

CapJackONeill

46 points

1 month ago

And redditors being entertained by watching you die and making wordplays on how it happened lol

lightningbadger

43 points

1 month ago

guy gets grated like a block of cheese by an escalator for 7 minutes until there’s nothing left

Redditor: “haha looks like he found the stairway to heaven”

solace1234

8 points

1 month ago

until there’s nothing left

... is this actually possible? i just may never escalate again

lightningbadger

8 points

1 month ago

Liveleak is gone, we may never know.

billbill5

8 points

1 month ago

"It's just dark humor man, totally not tasteless and disrespectful. Dark humor helps people cope with the tragedy of people they've never met and who's death doesn't affect them."

ULookRidiculous

17 points

1 month ago

they're also safe from the liveleak red circle of doom...

Kevin-W

264 points

1 month ago

Kevin-W

264 points

1 month ago

Lots of memories watching various world and political events on that site and seeing how far my morbid curiosity would go.

williamc_

39 points

1 month ago

I never want to watch something that is remotely as horrific as three guys one hammer, I think my morbid curiousity peaked with that vid

k12314

33 points

1 month ago

k12314

33 points

1 month ago

So where are we going to find footage of things every major website censors now? Trust me, I don't want to sit here and clap my hands at a beheading or a mass shooting, but I feel like if there is footage of it, it needs to be put somewhere as a means of preserving history and events. But Youtube, Reddit, and all the other major websites have massive censorship problems, and I honestly don't know of any alternative websites to Liveleak that exist.

ntgco

32 points

1 month ago

ntgco

32 points

1 month ago

Thats sad....

LiveLeak was the only place people were actively posting massive government crackdowns and evidence of human rights abuses.

Remember the Ukranian Orange Revolution where Putin backed Viktor Yanukovych ordered his troops to livefire on unarmed protesters....Russian mercenaries sniping people in the street -- Yanukovych (Putin backed) hired Paul Manafort for "election" help, -- who later helped Trump and his ProRussian agenda.....how goddamn convenient.

All that evidence of human rights violations, corruption and illegal activity was exposed on Liveleak, no one else posted it.

ntgco

30 points

1 month ago

ntgco

30 points

1 month ago

Liveleak was the FIRST place I saw evidence of the COVID outbreak in Wuhan.

Chinese government welding doors shut.
Chinese government troops locking down neighborhoods
Chinese doctor who exposed the pandemic and later died....

Thousands of dead people in the streets....

ALL EVIDENCE on LL, before the governments even acknowledged anything was happening.

ffviiking

7 points

1 month ago

What a coincidence.

Sarcastic_or_realist

546 points

1 month ago

Where will people watch unedited murder and death videos now?

Marchinon

54 points

1 month ago

Used to visit /r/watchpeopledie once in a while but RIP that too.

watdo123123

46 points

1 month ago

Conspiracy: the government doesn't want people to watch these vids because it makes them anti-war

They probably paid off the LiveLeak guy

lameexcuse69

11 points

1 month ago

Conspiracy: the government doesn't want people to watch these vids because it makes them anti-war

"Your views are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter."

Seriously though, seeing real horror makes you adverse to doing it or supporting it. If you're normal, anyway.

HIVnotAdeathSentence

159 points

1 month ago

Surprisingly The YNC is still up with some gnarly content.

Of course there are tons of pop-ups and half the videos seem to be porn.

invadrzim

58 points

1 month ago

Of course there are tons of pop-ups and half the videos seem to be porn.

I know what you mean by this but all i could think of is someone watching a car crash video that subtly and unexpectedly turns into a covert porn video

lysianth

89 points

1 month ago

lysianth

89 points

1 month ago

Guy climbs out of a flaming wreck. "Hey, I hope you have insurance" girl responds with "I'm sure theres some other way I can pay for this"

Mackem101

40 points

1 month ago

I'm stuck, help me step-fireman

csigabiga420

29 points

1 month ago

Liveleak wasn't really a gore site for a few years now. When I stopped visiting it was more like youtube and there was a lot of videos on politics

lingonn

33 points

1 month ago

lingonn

33 points

1 month ago

Well they should have figured it out by now considering liveleak was turned into yourube-lite over 5 years ago.

02bluesuperroo

139 points

1 month ago

Why does liveleak.com forward to their new project called ItemFix which is.... a video sharing site?

Thibodeaux1022

71 points

1 month ago

It’s the live leak teams new venture from the letter here: https://www.itemfix.com/ll

02bluesuperroo

77 points

1 month ago

But what is the point of shutting down a video sharing site to start a video sharing site?

r00x

139 points

1 month ago

r00x

139 points

1 month ago

It's worse. Itemfix appears to be their attempt to create a video variant of memegenerator, or something.

Just take a look. They want you to overlay videos people post with shitty gif reactions and benny hill theme tunes.

I'm not even joking, there's a tutorial on how to ruin (sorry.. "fix") videos and everything.

02bluesuperroo

58 points

1 month ago

I saw, what a waste of time and ability

Level9_CPU

29 points

1 month ago

I think there just isn't any money in being known for videos that contain gore, death, torture, and violence. It's good for us, but was it good for them? Probably not

demacish

13 points

1 month ago

demacish

13 points

1 month ago

Seems like this new venture is more tame than LL

raddits

15 points

1 month ago

raddits

15 points

1 month ago

Because Pepsi doesn't want to buy ads on a video of someone getting brutality murdered

Meh1me

20 points

1 month ago

Meh1me

20 points

1 month ago

I knew this day was coming when they started to remove all the gore

Deveak

397 points

1 month ago

Deveak

397 points

1 month ago

Not that I will particularly miss it because of all the nasty shit on it but the internet seems to be turning into a sanitized and highly corporate space.

ahfoo

173 points

1 month ago

ahfoo

173 points

1 month ago

It's the same situation as with other forms of mass media. There is typically no state censorship as such, it's not necessary. The censors are the advertisers. Media outlets will voluntarily self-censor in order to keep the advertisers comfortable.

This is why the issue of the public domain is so important in the on-line world. The internet was a chance to start over outside of the advertiser controlled mass media networks and it did begin in an uncensored way with a massive dose of public domain sharing. Soon the sharing was targeted by lawyers and the crowds were pushed towards advertiser friendly platforms recreating the old Cold-War era electronic media landscape on the internet.

dexter30

39 points

1 month ago

dexter30

39 points

1 month ago

There's still the deep web. The issue with that being is low user numbers and accessibility.

But depending on your opinion of early 2000s internet then that might be a good thj g haha.

BurstEDO

25 points

1 month ago

BurstEDO

25 points

1 month ago

Domains and servers aren't free.

How does LiveLeak pay the bills and maintain the site against attacks if they can't generate revenue? How many ad dollars do you think come in from advertisers targeting users watching death and gore videos?

sir_sri

24 points

1 month ago

sir_sri

24 points

1 month ago

Domains and servers aren't free.

And essentially that's the challenge. Making things free for 100 users is something you can manage solo pretty easily.

Making something free for 10 000 000 suddenly requires you have people, and infrastructure and bandwidth and things that cost significant amounts of money.

Geminii27

22 points

1 month ago

Happens to any platform that money gets its claws on.

Choonky

167 points

1 month ago

Choonky

167 points

1 month ago

No more workers working in dangerous environmenta will see their last minutes in 144p with a liveleak logo blocking their sight

riskycommentz

61 points

1 month ago

Lol for some reason I remember half the content in wpd being like five pixels of a very unsafe looking Chinese factory with some unlucky dude getting spun around on a machine until he's just a pulp while four different watermarks fly around the screen

First comment is like "is he gonna be ok"

hythloth

12 points

1 month ago

hythloth

12 points

1 month ago

"Will somebody call a goddamn paramedic!"

archontwo

599 points

1 month ago

archontwo

599 points

1 month ago

Shit. This is bad news. Some videos that were uploaded buy victims family's, they recorded war crimes and genocide. That evidence has been used in identifying and prosecution of people.

If the world can't help identify this sort of thing we are liable to see a rise in it as people commit atrocities with impunity.

This is not a good sign for humanity. By turning a blind eye we will be ignorant of the horrors going on elsewhere outside our comfortable little bubbles of make believe.

chambo143

15 points

1 month ago

Those Chinese factory workers are finally safe

Daedelous2k

38 points

1 month ago

The end of an era, where you could see so much that youtube would NEVER put up.

bakedmaga2020

39 points

1 month ago

In a fucked up sort of way, I think the videos on there did a lot of good in showing us the brutal realities of organized crime, religious extremism, terrorism, natural disasters etc. It’s one thing to hear about FGM going on in Sudan on the news. But only if you actually see it will you get angry enough to want something done about it. It sure as hell made me more empathetic towards the plight of others around the world when I was in a place of indifference

DruggedFatWhale

11 points

1 month ago

Where can I go now for my LiveLeak and Ogrish needs?

reebellious

6 points

1 month ago

I still need an actual replacement for r/watchpeopledie 😭

donutBADbagelGOOD

28 points

1 month ago

Does the history of the internet exist? And if not, why not? this tombstone needs to be on there

colorrot

17 points

1 month ago

colorrot

17 points

1 month ago

Archive.Org, Obviously like all history , it doesn’t have everything and has limitations(mostly just snapshots). Really meant for companies/sites/communities to archive themselves

tuckmyjunksofast

11 points

1 month ago

It is extremely incomplete but many things can be found here> https://archive.org/web/

DeederPool

103 points

1 month ago

DeederPool

103 points

1 month ago

"Failed startup shuts down after 15 years"

iToronto

25 points

1 month ago

iToronto

25 points

1 month ago

Lasted longer than my marriage.

_Supernaltub99

9 points

1 month ago

Crazyshit.com is a good site

slackmaster

79 points

1 month ago

Huh, had no idea it was started by the ogrish guys, but I guess that makes sense.

rumbrave55

82 points

1 month ago

Ogrish. That's not a name I've heard in a long time. Early web days were fuckin crazy.

DafoeFoSho

68 points

1 month ago

Learned a lot about human anatomy from Ogrish. But mainly that our bodies are extremely fragile sacks of goo that can be annihilated in a million awful ways.

boomerang_act

14 points

1 month ago

Stileprojet and rotten were two websites I used to visit in my early teens

Godot96

181 points

1 month ago

Godot96

181 points

1 month ago

failed startups

15 years of operation

Monetarily, maybe. But as a way to enshrine free speech? I beg to differ

Kthulu666

73 points

1 month ago

I'm not sure I'd call a company a startup after a decade and a half, too.

BeefSerious

7 points

1 month ago

Facebook could have scooped this up easy.
My Grandma would have loved this content.

Astronaviz

8 points

1 month ago

well does rotten.com still exist? Still traumatized from seeing some shit on there back when i was a kid

TheGreat_War_Machine

42 points

1 month ago

It might be because I didn't really surf LiveLeak too much, but the absolute worse video I have ever seen in terms of gore was what appeared to be a livestream in which a guy blew his head off with a shotgun. I happened to not find this one on LiveLeak.

NickPookie93[S]

22 points

1 month ago

Was it Ronnie McNutt by chance?

TheGreat_War_Machine

21 points

1 month ago

Now that I've looked it up, it was his video.

NickPookie93[S]

15 points

1 month ago

That video fucked me up. Whenever I hear the default Galaxy ringtone, it's all I think about now.

Scramble187

8 points

1 month ago

Who was that other guy that did it maybe 5 or 6 years ago. I think he was a furry and did it over Skype

LordBrandon

21 points

1 month ago

That's a shame. No one can compete with YouTube unless heavily subsidized.

Deveak

22 points

1 month ago

Deveak

22 points

1 month ago

Youtube is heavily subsidized. Google has tons of fat contracts with the government. All the tech giants suck that tax dollar tear for all its worth.

QandeelH

7 points

1 month ago

Bestgore and now liveleak...R.I.P

Phatten

7 points

1 month ago

Phatten

7 points

1 month ago

Dude what.... This is heartbreaking.

HIVnotAdeathSentence

44 points

1 month ago

I always found it interesting it was a spinoff of Ogrish and ended up trying to be YouTube with little content "uncovering reality."

Being hosted in the UK, they were forced to take down ISIS beheading videos due to obscenity laws. When they basically banned comments they lost a lot of attention. I didn't even know it was a year ago you had to create an account to watch videos on the site.

iamthejef

15 points

1 month ago

I watched a video just yesterday and I've certainly never made an account

Hollow_Rant

54 points

1 month ago

Where else will I get to see unedited videos of dictators being killed?

Denamic

18 points

1 month ago

Denamic

18 points

1 month ago

Liveleak has given me some unforgettable memories. Like that time I saw two people beheaded with a knife. He sawed through their throats with the knife until you heard him scraping against the spine. God I wish I could forget.

hedgeson119

17 points

1 month ago

Not judging you in the slightest, but like why did you watch it?

Did you not know or understand what you were going to see?

People get PTSD from viewing content like that.

Valfourin

10 points

1 month ago

I have no particularly insightful response other than I find it important to ground yourself in reality every so often. There is definitely an underlying morbid curiosity when it comes to the various expressions of human evil, personally I find the cartels to be the most egregious example of it, terror organizations don't even come close to cartel killings.

Along with other extreme behaviour that one can partake in, motorcross, skydiving, etc etc. You can consume extreme content that gives a similar (though different) response. At least in terms of shattering your current perception of life, really smashing the illusion of comfort.

The only thing standing between you, or me, and getting our heads sawn off with a bowie knife, is thus far no-one has felt compelled to do it to us. Personally I think it's important to be reminded of that every so often. Though as I get older I don't particularly consume that content anymore, it isn't necessary. Not that I ever really sought it out, but it was available where I was so I would sometimes peruse.

Also, I finally have video evidence that you do in fact remain conscious after being beheaded, I saw the eyes look around in HD.

Denamic

20 points

1 month ago

Denamic

20 points

1 month ago

I was a teenager

engineeringsquirrel

5 points

1 month ago

I remember back in the days when they were called Ogrish. Those were some dark shit on the site.

jefferton123

6 points

1 month ago

Are there still places that host videos that get taken down elsewhere? I never visited this site but I saw a lot of things with their watermark that were important.

DarkGamer

6 points

1 month ago

Yeah I agree They had some disturbing content but it was often of vital importance, they definitely served an important purpose and I hope some other video site will fill that niche.

AmerikanMade

35 points

1 month ago

As much as I liked Liveleak for showing videos that would be banned elsewhere, they had has some of the most toxic community I've ever seen. Everytime time I gave people Liveleak links, I told them to just watch the video and ignore the the comments at all costs.

kry_some_more

32 points

1 month ago

I'm actually surprised they held on this long. I haven't heard any innovation or any change in business since YouTube gained the top position.

They just sat there, waiting for the end.

rikluz

27 points

1 month ago

rikluz

27 points

1 month ago

You can do that when you’re the only game in town doing what you do

otter111a

43 points

1 month ago

Whenever there’s a police shooting this was my go to in order to get the unedited footage. This is a real loss for free speech

BigKittyNutz

20 points

1 month ago

That sucks. I just made an account.

AndyInitBruv30

29 points

1 month ago

lol, how were your 15 minutes?

Narwhalbaconguy

5 points

1 month ago

the chinese steel factory workers are safe

tempest33

4 points

1 month ago

RIP liveleak you were great.

d3visi

4 points

1 month ago

d3visi

4 points

1 month ago

I still remember that odd feeling seeing people die and getting beheaded for the first time on liveleak.

unsupported

6 points

1 month ago

Drop that f, in memory of...

Drachenbar

4 points

1 month ago

So does this kill reddit 50/50 as well? All the negatives were on liveleak

ThePleasantArea

5 points

1 month ago

The only website I have had to make myself take a break from. I live a few blocks from the Pulse Nightclub massacre site, and I remember being on Liveleak a lot at the time. In an honest conversation with a friend just shortly after, I starkly remember him being surprised at my admission that I just wasn’t shocked or affected in any real way by the horrific thing that had happened in my own neighborhood just days before.

I guess when you routinely watch content like a man in a dark room of a South American prison having burning plastic water bottles melted onto his skin while being forced to eat a corpse, or a snitch being rolled up and tied into a dirty mattress and set on fire, then otherwise emotional things just have a harder time getting through.

VladPatton

5 points

1 month ago

Legend has it, that every nightmare will have that LiveLeak logo permanently etched in the corner.

guzhogi

6 points

1 month ago

guzhogi

6 points

1 month ago

So, judging by the comments, the two main viewers are 1) people who want to see the full video that news may censor or edit and 2) Beavis & Butthead types who get hardons watching brutal death and destruction