When House Democrats staged a sit-in on Wednesday to demand that Republicans allow a vote on gun-control legislation, the political protest was live-streamed on the internet.
The live-streaming app of choice? Twitter-owned Periscope.
That delighted Periscope CEO Kayvon Beykpour, who quickly tweeted about it and used the opportunity to take a jab at Facebook Live, the recently-launched live-streaming rival that’s challenging Periscope:
We may not have Chewbaca, but we have democracy https://t.co/dKDPTIa7Oa
— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) June 22, 2016
Beykpour’s dig at Chewbacca was a reference to Facebook Live’s greatest hit: a woman trying on a Chewbacca mask and laughing uncontrollably. The video was watched by more than 30 million people and resulted in Mark Zuckerberg inviting “Chewbacca Mom” to Facebook headquarters to ride bikes with a real Wookie.
The Congressional sit-in was live-streamed online because C-SPAN cameras were turned off since the House isn’t in session. C-SPAN aired the footage streamed over Periscope instead.