Facebook begins Messenger Rooms, makes group video calls with up to 50 people
The Facebook company has worked out a new platform, Messenger Rooms, which is essentially a platform to create group video calls where the user can invite up to 50 people to join a room and carry out a discussion. Interestingly, the platform is free to all and doesn’t even need one to own a Facebook account to be able to join a Messenger Rooms call.
The most advanced in the list is Facebook, which has stated new features heading to Messenger, which it hopes will make it more comfortable to connect with business contacts, but also close friends and family.
We lived in a very complex world from the one just a few months ago. Office spaces have gone empty as both employers and employees seem to the cloud and alternative answers to carry out economic activities. Friends and families have also excited group video calls to stay in touch with each other.
But owing to the reduction of supported platforms, many have had to see solutions such as Zoom app to fix our lockdown caused problems. But it seems the biggest tech giants of the world are finally available to bridge the gap and roll-out new platforms to support people quickly connect with the world around them.
The feature of Messenger Rooms Video Call was announced by Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, who that users will be able to decide who is allowed to discover and join their room or make it only accessible to those with a link.
Messenger Rooms will also act a little bit like Houseparty, with active discussions being shown on a user’ feed, and unlocked ones bringing in the sense of simply being joined in by the user at a touch of a button.
With Messenger Rooms, Facebook will be directly targeting competitors such as Zoom, which have increased in popularity over the last few months. Earlier, the platform had proclaimed that its number of users has skyrocketed because of the largescale selection of video conference services during lockdowns. Currently, the service has more than 300 million daily users after only having 10 million in December.
However, with Facebook taking into the fray with its Messenger Rooms and number of privacy interests also being established against new platforms such as Zoom, the number of active users for the latter could decrease drastically in the coming weeks.
While Messenger Rooms will be restricted to Facebook for now, in the future, it will be combined with Instagram Direct, WhatsApp, and Portal, according to Facebook VP of Messenger Stan Chudnovsky.
Apart from this, Facebook has also added new AI-powered effects in Messenger to add to the app’s existing augmented reality filters. These add 360-degree backgrounds like luxe apartments and beaches, 14 camera filters, and camping-themed stickers and backdrops.