Continuing their push as a major online media outlet in 2016, Twitter will simulcast all of the US presidential and vice presidential debates, beginning tonight, September 26th.
After winning the rights to livestream Thursday Night Football broadcasts earlier this year—the first two of which have drawn over two million viewers each—a Twitter presidential debates online simulcast makes sense, especially given the real-time nature of the social network. The broadcasts are part of a partnership with Bloomberg Television, which will provide post-debate analysis. Like TNF games, curated tweets will be shown alongside the broadcast, which will be a true test of Twitter’s commitment to preventing abuse on the platform.
Propensity for abuse aside, one major complaint users viewing the NFL broadcasts is that the livestreams are often up to one minute behind what’s being shown on TV. Obviously, this is a much bigger deal for sporting events than for debates—still, it will be interesting to see if the Twitter presidential debates suffer from the same technical setback.
Following the first Clinton/Trump debate on 9/26, the VP candidates will square off on October 4th. The two presidential candidates will meet again on October 9th and the 19th. The Twitter presidential debates can be viewed in-app and on desktop at debates.twitter.com.