In a bid to stop the spread of fake news, Twitter will soon live stream news, in a window next to the users’ timelines, whenever a major incident takes place. In a first such test, Twitter live-streamed footage from Miami’s WSVN 7 as the media outlet covered the shooting at a Florida school in which 17 people were killed on Wednesday. Also Read - Twitter Voice Tweets rolling out for iOS: What are they, how to send
More than 50,000 Twitter viewers watched the live broadcast. According to a report in BuzzFeed News late on Thursday, the micro-blogging platform will rely on partnerships with regional news stations to select the footage to be live-streamed. Also Read - World Emoji Day 2021: Twitter reveals 10 most used emojis in 2021 in India
“We’re continuing to work on new ways we can surface credible and relevant information to help people stay informed. “By pairing live video with the conversation on Twitter, there is no faster way to see what’s happening in the world,” Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter video GM, told BuzzFeed News. Also Read - Top Tech News today: Realme Watch 2 Pro launch date, Vivo Y72 launched in India, WhatsApp multi-device feature
Clicking on the video will open up a stream of algorithmically chosen tweets about the event. When users click on live videos on their timelines, they will be taken to a custom timeline that “places algorithmically selected tweets about the news event next to it”.