Facebook launches live-streaming video, but only for VIPs

The company has launched Facebook Live, a live-streaming feature reminiscent of Meerkat and Periscope.

Currently, the feature is available only to VIPs, which Facebook describes as “athletes, musicians, politicians and other influencers.” In other words, anybody with a verified account.

Touted as a new way for these “public figures” to connect with their fans, it is now available through the Facebook Mentions app. In a press release, the company mentions that Live’s celebrity guinea pigs include Dwayne “Stop Calling Me ‘The Rock’” Johnson, Serena Williams, Martha Stewart, and Michael Bublé (presumably so your mom will have somebody to tune in for).