NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is adding the ability for users to broadcast live video directly from its app as it seeks to distinguish itself among social media rivals as the place for real-time connections and discussions.

The move follows Facebook, which launched live broadcasts for public figures in 2015 and everyone else this April, along with a bevy of smaller competitors that include Twitter’s own Periscope app.

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Twitter says it is not shutting Periscope down. Rather, the company hopes that the new Twitter feature will broaden its appeal.

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Live video — by regular people as well as curated creations from celebrities — is growing. Twitter touts itself as the place to see what’s happening now, and has had several livestreaming deals, including with the NFL and CBS News for the presidential debates.

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