Millions Watch Second Presidential Debate on Illegal Streams (Forbes)


TV viewership for the second presidential debate between Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was lower than for the first one, when 84 million viewers tuned in. But it may have broken records for streaming of a live event through sites like Periscope, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live.

VFT Solutions tracked 420 live streams of Sunday’s debate and recorded 22 million views. This includes accessing legal streams from media sources like the New York Times and Fox News, which streamed the debate on live-streaming platforms. But it also includes massive views of illegal streams. According to VFT’s CEO, Wayne Lonstein, “Perhaps what is most interesting is that 41% of these views were from illegal live-streams, also known as nano-piracy.” That’s about 9 million nano-pirate views, and this is just a sample.