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Periscope Is Shutting Down In March 2021



The video streaming platform Periscope that rose to popularity in 2015 will soon be shutting down. Twitter acquired Periscope in 2015 before it launched, and would go on to become the first live video source for Twitter.


"We have made the difficult decision to discontinue Periscope as a separate mobile app by March 2021," announced Periscope on Tuesday.


Periscope assured its users that their streams will still be available for replay via Twitter, download an archive of their data and content before Periscope shuts down.


Periscope's relationship with Twitter back in 2015 was unprecedented for a social media platform. It inspired rival platforms Facebook and Instagram to launch their own live streaming services.


Twitter is continuing a trend of acquiring popular video services and slowly phasing them out. The massively popular “Vine” app was purchased by Twitter eight years ago and eventually discontinued in 2017.


Periscope cites it’s decline in users and the growing cost of maintaining the app as its reason for discontinuing.


Shutting down periscope has been on the agenda for quite some time, but due to the unprecedented circumstances of this year, they’ve prolonged the decision. Periscope says, "We probably would have made this decision sooner if it weren't for all of the projects we reprioritized due to the events of 2020,"


Twitter introduced its “Fleet” story feature in November of 2020, a capability that it’s rivals have had for years before they caught on. With periscope out of the picture, many wonder what the future holds for live streaming capabilities on Twitter.


Could Twitter be looking to roll out a completely revamped live video function in the coming year?


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