Twitter shuts down Periscope early next year

Anne Freer | December 17, 2020

App Business

Twitter confirmed that its separate Periscope app will be officially shutting down next year.

It’s not necessarily news to many expert who’ve expected support for the app to drop given declining usage, but now it’s official.

Twitter said it could no longer justify supporting the app.

“The Periscope app is in an unsustainable maintenance-mode state, and has been for a while. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen declining usage and know that the cost to support the app will only continue to go up over time.”

The app will vanish officially in March 2021. That means no new users can sign up from this point. However, previously shared broadcasts on Twitter can still be viewed.

Twitter is rumoured to be revamping its live streaming options at the moment. This follows the company’s acquisition of live-streaming app Squad which lets users chat to others.

The Squad app has also been shut down as a consequence of the move but its functionalities will be integrated into Twitter.

It’s likely that all of this is taking place within Fleets – the dedicated space for live video archives of Twitter users.

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