Twitter, not Facebook, will livestream BuzzFeed’s election night coverage


Twitter and BuzzFeed have a new streaming deal in place.

Twitter has secured live election night coverage from an unlikely supplier: BuzzFeed.

The two sides announced an exclusive deal Thursday in which Twitter will stream a live, TV-style broadcast produced by BuzzFeed’s political team on election night. The special will include commercials, and the two companies will share the ad revenue.

Twitter has streamed political coverage from a number of different sources this year, partnering with CBS’ streaming-news network for the political conventions and Bloomberg for the presidential debates.

Now it’s working exclusively with BuzzFeed, which creates a lot of live video (remember the exploding watermelon thing?), but hardly produces any live, TV-style video.

Speaking of the exploding watermelon thing, that was streamed live on Facebook, which actually pays BuzzFeed to make live videos for its platform. So why, then, is BuzzFeed streaming its election show on Twitter?

“Everyone obsessed with politics will be on Twitter,” said BuzzFeed Editor in Chief Ben Smith. “That’s where we’re all going to be on election night.”

Reminder: Election night is Nov. 8, not Nov. 28.

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