YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook Announce Live Streaming Options for 2016 Presidential Debates

Posted Thu Sep 22, 2016 at 10:45 AM PDT by

The upcoming debates will be available for streaming through several platforms.  

YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook have all announced plans to live stream the 2016 Presidential Debates. Coverage will be offered from a variety of sources, including PBS, Fox News, Bloomberg, ABC, and more. 

For its part, Twitter has teamed up with Bloomberg Media to live stream Bloomberg Television's broadcast of the 2016 U.S. Presidential and Vice Presidential debates through Twitter. In addition, the stream will also feature special Bloomberg Politics coverage thirty minutes before and after each debate. Twitter's streams will be available globally at, in Twitter Moments or on @bpolitics.

"Twitter is where the 2016 presidential election is happening every single day," said Anthony Noto, Twitter's chief financial officer. "Livestreaming the debates with Bloomberg combined with the live commentary and conversation on Twitter will create a one-screen experience at the center of the action unlike any other."

Meanwhile, YouTube will offer live streaming coverage of the debates from sources like PBS, Fox News, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Telemundo. Likewise, users will be able to check in with YouTube creators like The Young Turks and Complex News, who will be reporting from the debates through YouTube Live directly from their phones.

Finally, Facebook is partnering with ABC News to offer live streaming of the debates and related coverage through Facebook Live without advertising. The ABC News Facebook streams will also include daily commentary during debate days from ABC News anchors and correspondents.  

Here's a rundown of the upcoming 2016 Presidential Debate schedule:

- Monday, September 26th, First Presidential Debate

- Tuesday, October 4th, Vice Presidential Debate

- Sunday, October 9th, Second Presidential Debate

- Wednesday, October 19th, Third Presidential Debate

Sources: Twitter, YouTube, Variety

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