YouTube announced today that it is teaming with NBC news to present the Democratic primary debate in Charleston, South Carolina, next month.
Hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and moderated by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, the debate will be simultaneously broadcast live on NBC’s linear TV network and live streamed on the NBC News YouTube channel on Jan. 17 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET.
During the debate, the candidates will answer questions submitted from the YouTube community.
In other YouTube-related campaign news, video identification technology company Zefr has using the platform as a barometer of the presidential race, releasing weekly reports on how both Democratic and Republican candidates are trending on the platform.
In its most recent report (covering the week of 11/30 to 12/06), Zefr found that Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz had the highest engagement rates out of all the candidates. Trump, Ben Carson, Cruz and Marco Rubio had the highest view growth for the week on YouTube, while Bernie Sanders’ Carson’s official channel scored the highest growth for an individual page for the fifth week in a row, gaining 827K views.