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Facebook partners with C-SPAN for convention coverage

Engadget Engadget 14/07/2016 Steve Dent
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Facebook inadvertently replaced C-SPAN during a Democrat sit-in on gun control, but now it's partnering with the outlet, and up to 21 others, for the Republican and Democrat national conventions. C-SPAN will use Facebook Live to broadcast events, and will also borrow FB Live footage filmed by convention participants for its TV feed, according to Politico. "This is the most engaged we've been at the convention and its highly correlated to the fact we have a lot of tools to offer," said Facebook Manager Crystal Patterson.

The social network will also provide the Facebook Lounge to media partners including CNN, The New York Times and Fox News. Facebook says that the lounge will act as a studio for live broadcasts, though it won't be providing much direct support or paying media partners. "We make the tools pretty straightforward for people to use them on their own," Patterson told Politico.

This is the most engaged we've been at the convention and its highly correlated to the fact we have a lot of tools to offer.

It's not clear how outlets will use the lounge, but one says it will help supplement coverage and let it interact with the public. The Fox 8 affiliate in Cleveland, where the Republican National Convention will take place, said that "your questions will be answered as our anchors bring you coverage next week from the Facebook Live lounge right outside Quicken Loans Arena." It seems recent criticism that Facebook was ignoring conservative news feeds is water under the bridge, then.

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