Publish: 28 Apr 2020, 07:46 pm
Facebook, a social networking giant, has launched a new group video chat feature called "Messenger Room" to ease people's lives during their stay at home in the midst of a deadly COVID-19 situation worldwide.
The video conferencing device, Messenger Space, will enable as many as 50 people to take part in the call, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
It will display a layout of participant videos – up to 16 on desktop and 8 on mobile phone.
With too many people remaining at home owing to the numerous coronavirus lockdowns around the globe, there's a massive market for video calling apps, so that's presumably why Facebook has now chosen to introduce the latest app.
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the availability of the service in selected markets on Friday, which is already accessible in Bangladesh.
Messenger Room is arriving because several people are searching for an answer to Zoom, which has faced a variety of protection and privacy concerns.
In addition, participants do not need a Facebook or Messenger account or access any additional applications to enter the video space.
The currently most popular app for video conferencing worldwide, Zoom, on the other hand, holds up 100 people in a meeting room but the time limit is only 40 minutes in the free service of the app.
More than 700 million users engage in voice and video calls every day on Facebook Messenger and the Facebook-owned WhatsApp, and the number of calls in several places has more than doubled since the coronavirus epidemic started, according to Facebook.
How to create a Facebook Messenger Room
Once it’s available in your area, here’s how to create a Room from your phone:
1. Open the Messenger app.
2. Tap the People tab at the bottom right of the screen.
3. Tap create a room and select the people who you want to join.
4. To share a room with people who don’t have a Facebook account, you can share the link with them. You can also share the room in your News Feed, Groups, and Events.
Anyone can join a room from phone or computer — no need to download anything said Facebook.