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Periscope CEO Kayvon Beykpour is defending his live-streaming app after people used it to illegally watch Saturday’s Mayweather-Pacquiao Pay Per View fight.
Appearing on CBS This Morning on Wednesday, Beykpour wouldn’t reveal exactly how many people used Periscope to watch the fight, despite repeated questions from co-host Charlie Rose, saying “it’s hard to quantify that,” but co-host Gayle King noted later in the interview that one stream had 10,000 viewers.
Beykpour also repeatedly insisted that Periscope wasn’t designed to allow people to stream copyrighted material and they don’t support that, noting that their content policy prohibits that.
“I think we built a tool that allows people to share what they’re seeing with the world and sometimes people will use that for things we have no intention of supporting,” he said. “Piracy is not something that excites us. What excites us is building a teleportation machine.”
The CEO added that he doesn’t feel like he should be in trouble for people using his app to illegally watch the fight.
“I don’t think it’s something inherently we’ve done wrong in any way,” he said.
Beykpour also insisted pirated content was taken down as quickly as possible, sometimes in seconds.
“We’re extremely responsible and take it really seriously because we have great relationships with partners like CBS and Showtime and we have no intention for Periscope to be a place where you stream a boxing match on TV,” he said.
As for Twitter CEO Dick Costolo‘s potentially inflammatory tweet that the winner of the fight was Periscope, Beykpour said that wasn’t an endorsement of piracy.
“What that tweet was in reference to was all the amazing content leading up to the fight,” he said.
Watch Beykpour’s full interview below.
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