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The Live Blog: August 31, 2016

Since rolling out Facebook Live to people and publishers around the world, we’ve seen incredible adoption and engagement with the new format.

We’ve been inspired by the creativity we’ve seen so far, and with this weekly series, we’ll highlight some interesting Facebook Live videos from the past week.

Here are 10 standout live videos:

 1. CNN went live from Saletto, Italy, where a 6.2-magnitude earthquake killed many across the region.


2. The creator and cast of Pretty Little Liars broke the news on Facebook Live that the seventh season would be the show’s last.


3. The New York Times interviewed the filmmaker who shot President Obama‘s trip to Yosemite, released this week on Facebook 360 and VR.


4. Lester Holt turned to Facebook Live three times when he found himself in the middle of a breaking news story at the Los Angeles International Airport.


5. ABC NewsAlex Perez went live from Indiana with the first tour of a neighborhood damaged after a tornado.


6. Reese Witherspoon went live for the first time during a visit to Facebook Los Angeles and answered viewer questions about sequels to Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama, and more.


7. The Weather Channel captured President Obama’s visit to Baton Rouge after the city was hit with massive flooding.


8. During the MTV VMAs, Facebook Live was used before the event to interview stars on the white carpet, during the show to catch audience and backstage reactions, and after the show with highlights.


9. The Netflix series Narcos broadcast the first 11 minutes of Season 2 on Facebook Live exclusively, posting to 14 countries in 10 languages.


10. R&B superstar Usher hosted his first Facebook Live last week while backstage at Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new movie, Hands of Stone, and make a surprise announcement about the pre-sale of his new album.