Twitter’s news service will be called ‘Moments’

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Twitter's news aggregator service previously known as Project Lighting will be called Moments', according to a slip of the tongue from Periscope's chief executive.

Kayvon Beykpour, CEO of the live broadcasting app owned by Twitter, gave the name away during an interview with The Telegraph, in which he spoke about the news service.

He said: "I would say that Moments and ideas like that are just extensions and reinforcements to that vision. Twitter is the only tool in the world today that actually shows you the world live, other than Periscope, so I think it's great that they're working on things like Moments to improve that."

The service was announced last month as Project Lightning, and a Twitter spokesperson confirmed that Beykpour had indeed been talking about this when mentioning Moments during the interview.

The service is the social network's attempt to hand users better control over aggregated tweets and content, making it easier to follow live events.

A team of editors led by the head of Twitter's global media operations, Katie Jacobs Stanton, will curate content related to these events such as tweets, photos, videos, Vines and Periscope broadcasts, with the resulting stream of content available to view by users and non-users alike.

Earlier this year, it Twitter and Google struck a deal to allow the latter to display tweets in its search results.

More recently, the site introduced a new functionality that allowed users to add comments to retweets, making one type of interaction a little bit easier.

According to Beykpour, the name has not been finalised and so is still subject to change.

Caroline Preece

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