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Twitter pulling the plug on early live-streaming app Periscope

Twitter is shutting down Periscope, the live-streaming app it launched in 2015, the social media firm mentioned on Tuesday. Periscope might be faraway from app shops in March of 2021 and can cease signing up customers as of December 15.

In a weblog publish explaining its choice, Twitter mentioned the app’s path was “unsustainable.”

“Over the previous couple of years, we have seen declining utilization and know that the associated fee to assist the app will solely proceed to go up over time,” the corporate wrote on Medium. Twitter added that it “most likely would have made this choice sooner if it weren’t for all the tasks we reprioritized because of the occasions of 2020.”

Most of Periscope’s features might be obtainable by way of the “go stay” function on Twitter’s principal app. The Periscope web site might be open till March for customers to view and obtain earlier broadcasts. Twitter can also be enjoyable its necessities for “Tremendous Broadcasters,” a small group of Periscope customers who may obtain money from followers. Customers will have the ability to apply to be “Tremendous Broadcasters” by way of February of subsequent yr.

Periscope, which was began by two Stanford graduates in 2014, was one of many first apps to permit customers to stream their actions stay and work together with their viewers. Twitter purchased the app in 2015 earlier than it even launched publicly.

That very same yr, Fb launched its live-streaming function. YouTube, which began letting some customers live-stream in 2013, made the function extensively obtainable by way of its app in 2017.

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