When mobile live streaming was introduced by YouTube, there were some restrictions as to who can do the live stream. Initially, only channels with an audience of 10,000 or more are allowed to do the mobile live stream.
This policy was aimed at content creators with a large audience, which put regular users who wanted to do the live stream at a disadvantage. YouTube, being aware of this, has now made the feature available to regular users. Instead of the usual 10,000 subscribers to do the mobile live streaming, it was lowered down to 1,000, which is more achievable.
This development was seen as a test run, something that might just become available to all users in the future. Facebook is already leading in the casual live streaming department, so it might be a bit of a challenge for YouTube to do just this since Facebook has a lead.
Facebook’s Live feature was launched in 2015, and it has steadily gained traction that by the end of 2016, it has become quite popular. Most social media users are used to doing live streams on Facebook. How Google will turn this around will prove to be quite challenging!