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Streaming Technology Shines During House Democrats' Sit-In

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    Streaming media brought House Democrats' message to the masses, and the Dems have Bay Area technology to thank. Scott Budman reports. (Published Thursday, June 23, 2016)

    The shot wasn’t always steady, and sometimes people got in the way.

    Such are the perils of recording video on a cellphone.

    Streaming media conveyed House Democrats' message to the masses when C-SPAN cameras were turned off during a 25-hour sit-in seeking to force a vote on gun control.

    Democrats have Bay Area technology to thank. Periscope and Facebook Live were put into play when the mics on the House floor were switched off. Millions of people watched, commented and encouraged the men and women of the House, who said they appreciate the support.

    "I thought, well, there’s an app for that," said Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, whose Periscope stream lasted for hours.

    Fellow California House member Rep. Jackie Speier said, "For 25 hours we were streaming video to outlets across the country."

    Scott streams on Twitter and Periscope: @scottbudman