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For the first time, viewers won't need a TV to watch the debates live, because YouTube is streaming all four debates, the three presidential ones and one between Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenThe Hill's 12:30 Report Biden to decide on White House run at end of year Stormy Daniels’s 'View' is incorrect MORE and GOP vice presidential candidate Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk Republicans divided over legislation protecting Mueller The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE.

In cooperation with Univision, the debates will also be live-streamed simultaneously in Spanish.

Facebook is also hosting live events featuring guests such as Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetOvernight Health Care: GOP pushes stiff work requirements for food stamps | Johnny Isakson opens up about family's tragic loss to opioids | Republicans refuse to back vulnerable Dem's opioids bill | Dems offer new public option plan Lawmakers discuss Latino education gap The Hill's Morning Report: Hannity drawn into Cohen legal fight MORE (D-Colo.), Rep. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerPoll: Almost two-thirds of Texas voters support legal recreational marijuana House, Senate GOP compete for cash Overnight Cybersecurity: Senators want info on 'stingray' surveillance in DC | Bills to secure energy infrastructure advance | GOP lawmaker offers cyber deterrence bill MORE (R-Colo.), Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. Facebook users can ask questions in real time for events that start Wednesday afternoon.

Twitter plans to organize and analyze the conversation about the debate using the hashtags #debates and #Denverdebate. Twitter also plans to set up an Event page, much like those used to curate real-time tweets for both nominating conventions, organized around the #debates hashtag, which will carry forward through the month.

And for viewers looking for a visual take on the debates that will likely skew more light hearted than other mediums, Tumblr is working with The Guardian to host a Live-GIFing of the debate on their official Election blog. The evening is sure to prompt some moments worth their own animated recap.

"Our research indicates that most Americans now consume their hard news in the form of animated GIFs," Tumblr editor-in-chief Chris Mohney said in a statement. "And we take the potential of legitimate GIF journalism very seriously, as should anyone still working in the old-school blog-focused model of reporting."

The first debate takes place Oct. 3 at the University of Denver. The moderator is PBS's Jim Lehrer, and it will focus on domestic issues, particularly the economy.