(Adds Clyburn, Periscope quotes) By Amy Tennery Democrats demanding action on gun
control relied on Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook’s.
live video platform to transmit their “sit-in” on the.
floor of the United States Legislature on Wednesday after.
the chamber’s cameras shut down. Agent Scott Peters of California told Reuters he.
downloaded the online video platform Periscope from the House.
floor after it became clear that chamber cameras were not.
operating. “Thanks to them, the American people got to look in on and.
listen to exactly what is happening this floor,” U.S. Representative.
James Clyburn of South Carolina stated in praise of the platform. The protest was the latest move by Democrats to convince the.
Republican bulk in Congress to take up votes on gun control.
steps in response to last week’s mass shooting in Orlando,.
Florida, the most dangerous in modern U.S. history. “The speaker (Paul Ryan) controls the cams,” Peters stated.
” We noticed that over lunch, he turned them off – enabled them.
to be switched off.” A spokesperson for Twitter said that tweets from Peters’.
account containing the Periscope video footage had actually been viewed over.
800,000 times since Wednesday night.
Ryan’s representative, AshLee Strong, stated in a statement:.
” Your home can not operate without members following the guidelines of.
the organization, so the House has actually recessed subject to the call.
of the chair.” At about twelve noon EDT (1600 GMT), presiding House officer and.
Republican Agent Ted Poe declared the House not in.
order, as Democratic protesters sat at the front of the chamber. Cable television news channel C-SPAN, which typically utilizes the House.
electronic cameras to relay live video of Congress, broadcast Peters’.
Periscope and other legislators’ feeds.
Other news networks and cable news channels, including.
MSNBC, FOX and CNN, likewise ran parts of the video. C-SPAN interactions director Howard Mortman stated it was.
the very first time the channel transmitted a live social networks feed.
from the House floor. “Your home controls the electronic cameras which means they manage.
the video camera angles, the audio, video, the entire thing,” Mortman.
said. “We’re utilizing social networks platforms to show exactly what’s.
occurring.” “With official broadcasts suspended in your home, we have actually.
created a channel to follow #NoBillNoBreak on #Periscope live,”.
Periscope said in a tweet.
Peters said about 5 or 6 Democratic Home members had.
broadcast live video throughout the sit-in. Late Wednesday,.
legislators cheered their thanks during one of his feeds that.
aired on C-SPAN. One representative, Eric Swalwell of California, released.
live video from the House floor to Facebook. #NoBillNoBreak became a rallying cry for weapon control.
advocates on Twitter and quickly ended up being the top-trending.
hashtag in the United States on the social networks platform. Politicians and typical social media users alike used the.
hashtag as a sign of uniformity with the sit-in. “Nowhere I ‘d rather spend my bday than the House floor w/.
@repjohnlewis for weapon control. #NoBillNoBreak #goodtrouble,”.
tweeted Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is pointed out as a.
possible running mate for presumptive Democratic governmental.
nominee Hillary Clinton. (Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Added reporting by.
Susan Heavey in Washington; Editing by Peter Cooney and Simon.