21 September 2016
Facebook is a tech company. Isn’t it? Even Mark Zuckerberg confirmed this on his recent trip to Italy. When he was asked by an Italian if Facebook intended to become a news editor, he replied by saying “no, we are a tech company, not a media company.”
Not a media company? Not a TV? How then do you explain the fact that Facebook has made it easy for you to sit in the comfort of your room and watch an event LIVE via the platform. Not even many TV stations can provide that opportunity.
Last month, Facebook partnered with Wayne Rooney Foundation to stream LIVE a Charity match between Manchester United and Everton on the Facebook pages of Wayne Rooney and Manchester United.
The same scenario happened when Mark visited Nigeria and his meeting with entrepreneurs was streamed LIVE on Facebook.
Not stopping yet, Facebook is teaming up with one of the largest news organisations in America to cover what Americans describe as the three of the biggest nights in television history – the Presidential Debates
ABC News and Facebook on Tuesday announced a partnership for live coverage of the 2016 general election debates, expanding the relationship established during the 2016 conventions that resulted in more than 28 million video views across ABC News’ Facebook pages.
Throughout each debate day, ABC News will offer live streams and feature commentaries from anchors and correspondents at its New York headquarters. It will also incorporate viewers’ comments, questions and conversations in the Facebook Live coverage.
The debates will also be preceded by a new show called ‘Strait Talk’ and then followed by another Facebook Live show hosted by Nightline.
The first 2016 presidential debate takes place on Monday, September 26 at Hofstra University in New York and will be moderated by NBC News anchor Lester Holt.
The second debate will take place on October 9 at Washington University in St. Louis and will be hosted by ABC News’ Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
The third debate will take place on October 19 at the University of Las Vegas with Fox News’ Chris Wallace moderating.
In July, Democrats Candidate, Hilary Clinton and her team made use of the platform to rattle off Republican Candidate, Donald Trump’s lawsuits. It was estimated that around 670,000 people watched the stream which lasted hours.
Imagine a Nigerian presidential debate live on Facebook! It will give further options outside the traditional media and stave misinformation from vested interests.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.