Facebook is taking on Twitter with a new platform providing real-time updates on sports games, popular posts from fans, statistics and commentary from experts.
The new platform, dubbed ‘Sports Stadium’, currently covers only American football games and comes ahead of next month’s Super Bowl, on 7 February. But it will support other sports, including basketball and soccer, in the future, Facebook said.
The service can be accessed by searching for an individual game.
“With 650 million sports fans, Facebook is the world’s largest stadium,” it wrote in a post Wednesday announcing the feature.
Facebook, which said it had an average 1.01 billion active daily users as of September, reports its fourth-quarter earnings on 27 January.
The new service appears to be an effort to encroach on Twitter’s territory. The micro-blogging site has long been a popular destination for so-called “live-tweeting” games.