Facebook follows Zoom. FB rolls out new tool for Video calls

Messenger Rooms will enable you to join group video calls for users who don’t have a Facebook account.

Zoom become a major platform for video conferences in this pandemic situation. Now Facebook introducing a new feature that allows you to initiate a video chat with multiple people through Messenger even If you don’t have a Facebook account. This feature makes Facebook enable a competitive move with top rank video conferencing app Zoom.

Video calling becomes a highly required feature with this pandemic. Many of us are staying at home and working from home. Video conference is a major requirement to join the work-related meeting. And also, many of catching up families and friends over the video stream. Sometimes we do catch up with a few numbers of friends to keep touch each other at this outbreak. I know we do a virtual drinking session too. Video conferencing platforms help us to keep the bridge between friends and families.

New Tools calls as Messenger Rooms and it enables the world’s largest social network calls. Messenger Rooms has the capacity to accommodate up to 50 participants in a group video call. You can invite people who don’t’ have Facebook accounts just sharing a link to video chat. The company is planning to introduce this feature for its own other messaging services such as Instagram and WhatsApp.

Facebook will releaser a new desktop version of the Facebook messenger app, so users can chat and call on a bigger screen. Facebooked owned WhatsApp is also planning to extend group call capacity which allows up to 8 participants for a video and voice call.   

Messenger Rooms will be rolled out in some countries this week and globally it will be released in the coming weeks. Reality effects also adding to Messenger Rooms and that allows users to change the background.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a live stream on last Friday (24/04/2020) that Messenger Rooms enable your friend and family to join any time. The new release of the tool is part of Facebook effort on video presence.  

Privacy is also concern with video calling. Zoom already facing security and privacy issues. It was not doing enough to establish privacy and security. Even though there is a privacy concern, it is not stopping people from using video calls. More than 700 million accounts participate in voice and video calls every day on FB Messenger and WhatsApp at this pandemic situation.

Facebook introduces some privacy with Messenger Rooms. The room creator gets the ability to control the room. The creator can control who sees the room and also can lock and unlock the room. If the room is unlock anyone can join the room using the shared link. Also, the creator can control who can join. Any time creator can remove 


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