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Facebook Live is opening up to everyone

Facebook Live is opening up to everyone
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It started as a trial release with celebrities in the U.S., but Facebook has just announced that its video streaming service, Facebook Live, will soon be released to everyone.

The service is designed to create a community experience through video streaming. With it, Facebook hopes to compete with similar services such as Periscope, which is owned by Twitter.

To distinguish itself from similar services, Facebook intends to integrate live video streaming directly into its app. Facebook users will see a new icon on their screen for live video. Tapping this icon will allow them to create videos and stream them to the friends they choose, or even to the public.

As a way of enticing video creators to use the service over competing products, Facebook has also stated it will offer them a percentage of the revenues their videos generate.

For some users, the idea of live streaming their status updates sounds pretty exciting. But, just imagine your news feed. All of those political rants and debates will soon be more than just an exchange of heated words - they'll be an exchange of heated videos.

So, it will be interesting to see how the public responds. Who knows? Maybe now you'll have the perfect excuse to finally click "unfriend."

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Source: CNBC
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