Facebook launches “Messenger Rooms”, the alternative to Zoom and FaceTime

The company launches the new group video call service that will compete with Zoom and others.

Facebook has officially launched a new group video calling service called Messenger Rooms , which allows us to easily spend quality time with friends, loved ones and people who share your interests.

You can create a room directly from Messenger or Facebook and invite anyone to join the video call, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. The rooms will soon host up to 50 people and have no time limits.

To organize parties, a reading club or simply to have a chat with friends, it will no longer be necessary to call someone and hope that it is a good time, just simply start and share rooms on our bulletin board to allow people to participate. The company will also soon allow us to create rooms from Instagram Direct, WhatsApp and Portal.

If our friends or members of a community create where it is possible to access, we will see them on Facebook and we will be able to access them. When you are invited to a room, you can join from your phone or computer: you don’t need to download anything to get started. If we use the Messenger app, we will be able to play with AR effects such as bunny ears and new AI-based features such as 360 degree backgrounds and mood lighting.

However, Messenger Rooms is not encrypted like FaceTime group calls or WhatsApp video calls.

Room calls aren’t end-to-end encrypted, but Facebook says it doesn’t view or listen to calls. The creator of a room can remove participants at any time and rooms where illegal behavior occurs can be reported to Facebook. (WhatsApp video calls are end-to-end encrypted, giving users an extra layer of protection.)

Here are all the other updates unveiled today by Facebook:

  • WhatsApp expands group calls from a maximum of four to eight participants: including larger families and groups of friends makes WhatsApp a more profitable competitor than Zoom
  • Live With returns to Facebook so we can add another person to our live video.
  • Live video donation button : This makes it much easier for musicians, activists and others to raise money during the coronavirus crisis
  • The company is simplifying access to live video so that we can watch it or listen to it anywhere. If we have limited data or a questionable connection, we now have the opportunity to hear only audio.
  • Instagram Live on the Web : we can now watch live videos and comment from the desktop so that we can perform more activities during longer streams
  • Live on IGTV : Long-lasting live videos can now be saved on IGTV
  • Portal Live : we will now be able to access pages and groups from Portal devices so that we can move during streaming

Messenger Rooms will be launched in some countries this week and will expand to the rest of the world in the coming weeks.

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