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Now you can add up to three guests to your live Twitter broadcast.

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Live videos on Twitter are about to get more interactive.

The tech company on Wednesday said it's adding a way for Twitter users to invite up to three guests to join their live broadcasts. Twitter first introduced the feature in February on its live video streaming app Periscope and decided to add it to the main social media site. 

Viewers of the livestream will only be able to hear the audio of the guests once they're added to the broadcast.

The move shows how social media companies are doubling down on live video even as they grapple with concerns about how the tools can be abused. A New Zealand terrorist streamed a live video on Facebook as he murdered 51 people at two mosques. The video then spread to other social media sites and tech companies have pledged to do more to combat the spread of terrorist content.

To allow guests to join a live video, you tap on an icon with two smiley faces. Once you click on that, you click on a plus sign to add someone to a livestream. There'll be a five-second countdown before a guest joins the livestream. 

Twitter said it's also exploring a way for viewers to be able to see videos of the guests.

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