Voters across the country are gearing up for this year’s presidential election -- and tomorrow they’ll be able to tune in live on YouTube! We announced
last month that YouTube and NBC News would team up to present the final DNC sanctioned Democratic presidential debate before the first caucus and primary votes are cast.
Not only will this be the first debate live streamed on a social media platform this election cycle, but you can expect to see some of your favorite YouTube creators involved. Take a look at this sneak-peek of the YouTubers you’ll see tomorrow:
- Connor Franta, a top lifestyle creator, earned the "Favorite YouTube Star “award at the 42nd People's Choice Awards just this month. His debut book, “A Work in Progress,” spent 16 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list.
- Marques Brownlee is one of YouTube’s go-to tech reviewers who covers everything from smartphones to drones. Variety recognized Marques as one of the top 12 digital stars in the digital world.
- MinuteEarth is an animated science series that explores how things work on our planet. It is produced by a small team of scientists, writers, and video creators around the world.
- Franchesca Ramsey is a writer, actress and vlogger whose channel covers everything from topical comedy sketches to commentary on social issues.
Along with creators, we’ll feature Google Trends
throughout the debate to give a perspective on the issues Americans care about most. Keep an eye out for the topics, policies and candidates that matter most based on Google data.
Tune in to the NBC News-YouTube Democratic Candidates Debate, hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and moderated by Lester Holt, tomorrow, Sunday, January 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C., airing on NBC from 9-11 p.m. ET and streamed live on the NBC News YouTube channel
.Brandon Feldman, YouTube News, recently watched “Mock Job Interview for President," and Steve Grove, Google News Lab, recently watched “The YouTube Interview with President Obama”
From presidential candidates launching their campaigns
, to YouTube creators discussing issues that matter to their communities
, to light-hearted moments
along the campaign trail, you’ve already been following the 2016 U.S. election from multiple angles on YouTube.
Now you can watch the candidates debate on YouTube, too.
Next month, we’ll join together with NBC News to present the final DNC sanctioned Democratic presidential debate before the first caucus and primary votes are cast—with the action live streamed on YouTube. The NBC News-YouTube Democratic Candidates Debate, hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and moderated by Lester Holt, will take place on Sunday, January 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C., airing on NBC from 9-11 p.m. ET and streamed live on the NBC News YouTube channel
With so many YouTube fans following this election closely, of course there will be an opportunity for you to get involved. Along with Google Trends data, the debate will feature questions from the YouTube community. Look out for more information on how you can engage in the coming weeks.
Since 2005 you’ve made YouTube a home for global politics, and today you watch more than 5 million hours of news on YouTube every day. Over the course of 2016, you’ll be able to find all of the major election moments unfold on YouTube—tune in to the NBC News YouTube channel
January 17 to kick off the election year.
Brandon Feldman, YouTube News, recently watched “Party Systems: Crash Course Government and Politics” and Steve Grove, Google News Lab, recently watched “Barack Obama Singing Hotline Bling by Drake.”