Twitter pairs Trump’s big speech to Congress with a new top commentary feature

Twitter is taking a stronger hand in selecting what tweets you see alongside the voice of President Donald Trump.

Timed with the president’s first speech to a joint Congress, Twitter released a new feature that surfaces “top commentary” alongside live-streaming video. Twitter’s video feed was from PBS NewsHour and included a panel of guests. 

Twitter launched its premium live video experience last year with NFL games. Back then, Twitter surfaced a slightly curated collection of related tweets.

Starting Tuesday, there were two columns alongside the video. The first provided so-called “top commentary,” which apparently came from a hand-selected group including journalists like CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla and U.S. lawmakers. 

There’s no column for your own timeline or a different curated feed, but Twitter did release another feature that got some people excited: picture-in-picture video.

The change comes as Twitter is aggressively pushing its live video content in its quest for profitability. On Monday, Twitter filed its 10-K form with the Securities and Exchange Commission where it sketched out its commitment to live video, including its user-generated streaming video app Periscope. 

“We intend to invest in our core use case and in new product areas — such as live streaming video, among others — that further strengthen Twitter’s unique position as the best and fastest place to see and talk about what’s happening in the world,” it read. 

We reached out to Twitter about how you become a top commentator and will update when we hear back. 

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Author:Kerry Flynn

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