YouTube pits Richard Branson against Julian Assange in new series of global debates
LONDON, March 4 — Google is hoping to get YouTube users fired up over controversial topics with its new series of live streamed Google+ hangouts. The online video debates will be called “Versus” and will give viewers the opportunity comment on and vote for their favourite speakers in real-time.
“The first motion to be debated is 'It’s time to end the War on Drugs,’” said Anna Bateson, director of YouTube marketing, EMEA. “The debate will air diverse opinions from the likes of +Richard Branson, +Russell Brand, +Julian Assange, and experts such as the former Presidents from Mexico and Brazil, among others. BBC newsreader and presenter +Emily Maitlis will chair the debate.”
Previous Google+ hangouts have seen US voters get up and personal with American President Barack Obama, helped the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu connect when the Dalai Lama could not travel to visit Desmond Tutu on his birthday because his visa was denied, and enabled celebrities such as David Beckham and Will.i.am connect with their fans.
Viewers can follow the conversation on the Versus YouTube channel on March 13 at 7pm GMT. Head to the Versus page on Google+ in advance for a chance to appear in the live debate hangout and to discuss the topic with other Google+ users. — Afp-Relaxnews