Twit­ter adds ‘abil­ity to broad­cast live videos’

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

NEW YORK: Twit­ter is adding the abil­ity for users to broad­cast live video di­rectly from its app as it seeks to dis­tin­guish it­self among so­cial me­dia ri­vals as the place for real-time con­nec­tions and dis­cus­sions. The move fol­lows Face­book, which launched live broad­casts for pub­lic fig­ures in 2015 and every­one else this April, along with a bevy of smaller com­peti­tors that in­clude Twit­ter’s own Periscope app.

Twit­ter says it is not shut­ting Periscope down. Rather, the com­pany hopes that the new Twit­ter fea­ture will broaden its ap­peal. Live video - by reg­u­lar peo­ple as well as cu­rated cre­ations from celebri­ties - is grow­ing. Twit­ter touts it­self as the place to see what’s hap­pen­ing now, and has had sev­eral livestream­ing deals, in­clud­ing with the NFL and CBS News for the pres­i­den­tial de­bates. — AP

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