Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau just became the first politician to host a Snapchat Live Story

snapchat trudeau story justin
Mykhaylo Palinchak/
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau is officially the first politician to take part in a Snapchat Live Story (a curated slideshow of images and videos from a specific event).

As part of his trip across Ontario on Thursday, Trudeau took to the visual messaging app to host a Q&A session in the style of a town hall meeting. Snapchat’s younger users from university campuses around the country were asked to submit their questions in the form of snaps to the “Trudeau Q&A” story.

The Live Story is currently featured in the Discover section of the app, and will be available to users in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the U.K. until Friday 4 p.m. PT, reports Adweek.

The Trudeau Q&A Story generally switches between videos of user-generated questions (on everything from foreign policy to the PM’s hair grooming routine) and Trudeau’s answers. Much like his Twitter feed, Trudeau replies to some of the queries in English and others in French. Additional snaps include Trudeau meeting with local citizens during his Ontario tour.

One user asked Trudeau: “What policy changes should we anticipate with the latest cabinet shuffle … particularly with foreign policy with the U.S.” With the camera in selfie mode, the Canadian PM responded: “Our new foreign minister Chrystia Freeland has deep connections and contacts with the United States, which is going to help with the incoming new administration.”

Despite hosting similar interviews with celebs such as Selena Gomez and Kevin Hart, Snapchat has not managed to secure politicians to do the same. However, the app did gain ground with presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during election season, with both using Snapchat’s sponsored features (such as lenses) for promotional purposes. Perhaps we’ll even see a Trump Q&A in the future, or similar Live Stories with other global leaders.


Google replaces its classic Search page with Discover on mobile devices

As part of its 20th anniversary, Google unveiled its plans to improve Search, starting with its Google Feed. Now known as Discover, the update brings along a redesign to help you find content that aligns with your interests.

The best cheap-but-awesome PlayStation 4 game deals under $20

The PlayStation 4 has hit its stride in recent years and is now more affordable than ever. If you have a PS4 or are thinking of buying one, we’ve collected some must-have games. The best part? Each of these is just $20 or less.

‘Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars’ sees Spidey confront the villainous Hammerhead

The second part of Marvel's Spider-Man's The City That Never Sleeps DLC swings into action on November 20. Titled Turf Wars, the new storyline is focused on Hammerhead, who is waging war across New York City.

Car parts maker ZF is using drones to deliver components to its factories

ZF recently became the first entity in Germany to receive approval to use drones to deliver spare parts, and the company now uses them to deliver parts from its central warehouses to its workshops.
Smart Home

Facebook's Alexa-enabled video-calling devices begin shipping

Facebook's Portal devices are video smart speakers with Alexa voice assistants built in that allow you to make calls. The 15-inch Portal+ model features a pivoting camera that follows you around the room as you speak.
Social Media

Vine fans, your favorite video-looping app is coming back as Byte

Vine fans were left disappointed in 2017 when its owner, Twitter, pulled the plug on the video-looping app. But now one of its co-founders has promised that a new version of the app, called Byte, is coming soon.

Social media use increases depression and anxiety, experiment shows

A study has shown for the first time a causal link between social media use and lower rates of well-being. Students who limited their social media usage to 30 minutes a day showed significant decreases in anxiety and fear of missing out.
Social Media

Twitter boss hints that an edit button for tweets may finally be on its way

Twitter has been talking for years about launching an edit button for tweets, but it still hasn't landed. This week, company boss Jack Dorsey addressed the matter again, describing a quick-edit button as "achievable."
Social Media

‘Superwoman’ YouTuber Lilly Singh taking a break for her mental health

Claiming to be "mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted," popular YouTuber Lilly Singh has told her millions of fans she's taking a break from making videos in order to recuperate.
Social Media

Facebook is rolling out a Messenger ‘unsend’ feature, and here’s how to use it

Facebook is starting to roll out a "remove message" feature for its Messenger app. It lets you delete a message in a thread within 10 minutes of sending it, and replaces it with a note telling recipients that it's been removed.
Social Media

Going incognito: Here's how to appear offline on Facebook

How do you make sure your friends and family can't see if you're on Facebook, even if you are? Here, we'll show you how to turn off your active status on three different platforms, so you can browse Facebook without anyone knowing.
Social Media

Build a wish list and shop videos with Instagram’s latest shopping update

Eyeing a product on Instagram? Now there are more ways to shop from the social network. Instagram just rolled out options to save products in a collection as users can also now shop from videos.
Social Media

Addicted to Instagram? Its new ‘activity dashboard’ is here to help

Ever get that nagging feeling you're spending too much time on Instagram? Well, a new "activity dashboard" has a bunch of features designed to help you better control how you use the addictive photo-sharing app.
Product Review

It's not a spy, but you still won't want to friend Facebook's Portal+

Facebook has jumped into the smart home game with the Portal+, a video-calling device featuring an Amazon Alexa speaker and a screen. While it has lots of cool calling features, we’re weary of Facebook taking up counter space in our home.