Head of Content
One of the few good things to come out of lockdown has been the explosion in live-streamed events and festivals around the world. From massive virtual festivals like Tomorrowland and Glastonbury's Lost Horizon to fundraisers from Beatport and Club Quarantäne - the ease of live streaming has enabled the global dance music community to come together like never before. We've been cataloguing our favourite events in our Friday live stream round-up for a staggering 26 weeks now, but it looks like things are set to change.
Facebook has long been the favoured streaming platform for DJs and promoters as it allows artists to broadcast direct to their already established fanbase, but a new statement from Facebook HQ is calling time on the live stream party.
From 1st October, users will no longer be permitted to host 'music listening experiences' on the platform. The penalties are quite severe, with those breaking the rules risking having their page or group deleted. It's currently unclear whether the new rules will also apply to Facebook-owned Instagram, but due to the 1-hour live stream limit on Instagram, it's not suitable for large-scale streaming events we've gotten used to this summer.
You can read the statement from Facebook in full below, and make the most of the final few weeks of Facebook music events by checking our Guide to the Weekend's Best Live Streams every Friday.
You may not use videos on our Products to create a music listening experience
We want you to be able to enjoy videos posted by family and friends. However, if you use videos on our Products to create a music listening experience for yourself or for others, your videos will be blocked and your page, profile or group may be deleted. This includes Live.