Despite Periscope being owned by Twitter, the two apps have operated independently until now. However, faced with the growing threat of Facebook Live – which lets Facebook users share live video within the app – Twitter clearly wants to bring the two together for a more comprehensive offering. Google is also rumoured to be working on a rival service called YouTube Connect,which will reportedly allow YouTubers to start a live video stream directly from the YouTube mobile app.

In light of this, both Twitter and Periscope have made attempts to make their own services more robust. Twitter, for example, has announced that it would axe its 140-character rule so that users insert links, pictures and other multimedia into their tweets without it being counted in the character limit.

Meanwhile, Periscope has made it easier to search for live streams, announced a live streaming platform for drones and also introduced the ability to save broadcasts for more than 24 hours. This week, the service also introduced further tools to help users report and block abuse during live broadcasts.

Twitter is yet to respond to an IBTimes UK enquiry about the roll-out date for the new Periscope feature.