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Periscope’s Future of Citizen Journalism Tested on Its First Day

The coverage of an explosion in Manhattan shows how streaming app Periscope could change the news
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Twitter’s new video streaming app, Periscope, launched on Thursday morning. By the afternoon it was facing its first real test as a medium for citizen journalism.

Just after 3 p.m., a large explosion shook a building on Second Avenue in Manhattan. By the end of the day two buildings had collapsed, at least 19 people were injured, and at least one was missing. People who signed on to Periscope out of curiosity about Silicon Valley’s latest craze in self-documentation were given an intimate look at the confusing scene on the ground in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. Multiple users began streaming video from the streets, nearby buildings, and other vantage points.