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 BidenJoe BidenCDC working to tighten testing requirement for international travelers On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Manchin seeks 'adjustments' to spending plan MORE and GOP vice presidential candidate Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' 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 BennetSenators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Sununu exit underscores uncertain GOP path to gain Senate majority 'An earthquake': GOP rides high after Democrats' Tuesday shellacking MORE (D-Colo.), Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerGun control group alleges campaign finance violations in lawsuit against NRA Colorado Supreme Court signs off on new congressional map Colorado remap plan creates new competitive district 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.