Twitter, CBS to stream conventions live

Twitter, CBS to stream conventions live
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Voters will be able to watch this month's Democratic and Republican national conventions live on Twitter. 


The company on Monday announced a deal with CBS News that will allow viewers to stream the news network’s online coverage, called CBSN, through the Twitter app. 

“The stream will be live on Twitter each day from gavel to gavel and will be enhanced with live, convention-related Tweets,” according to a release.

Twitter’s chief financial officer, Anthony Noto, said the speed of Twitter would provide “the best way to experience democracy in action.”

The Republican National Convention starts next Monday in Cleveland, and the Democratic convention is a week later in Philadelphia. 

Twitter has previously said it would work with both parties to support the conventions, amid reports that a handful of other major technology companies would not be sponsoring the GOP convention because of controversy surrounding its presumptive presidential nominee, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE

Earlier this year, Twitter said it works with both parties to “promote civic engagement and democratic participation.”

Tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google and Microsoft will all have a presence at both conventions. Google is providing the official live stream for the convention through YouTube. 

Twitter’s announcement Monday is part of its increasing focus on live video. Earlier this year it announced a deal with the National Football League to stream a handful of games on the platform. 

It has also put an emphasis on its live streaming video tool, called Periscope, which caught political buzz last month during House Democrats’ sit-in on the House floor.