Due to the coronavirus pandemic, video platforms have seen their demand grow in a significant way. According to information from Facebook, 700 million accounts on WhatsApp and Messenger make calls every day, so they decided to launch the new Rooms function.
With the idea that real time should feel real, Rooms is a new way to make video chats and live videos in a simpler, more useful and natural way, says Facebook. Messenger Rooms or Messenger Rooms allow you to create a video group directly from Messenger or Facebook, and invite anyone to join the video call, even if they do not have a Facebook account.
Beyond being a tool that could unite millions of people, the highlight of the platform is that up to 50 people can interact in the rooms, with no time limit. However, it will initially be limited to 17 participants.
“You can organize celebrations, a book club or just have a nice time with friends. You don’t need to talk to someone and hope it’s a good time or check everything’s schedule first. ”Facebook explained in a press release. Users can start and share rooms on Facebook from their News Feed, Groups and Events, so that it is easy for others to join.
Thus, if your friends or communities create rooms that are open to you, you will see them on Facebook and you will be able to find people to talk to. Also, when you are invited to a room you can join from your phone or computer, without the need to download another program.
The company also announced that from the Messenger application it will be possible for users to use augmented reality filters. For the safety of users, not only can you choose who can access the room, but you can remove people from the call, close the video call so that no one else comes in, or leave at any time.
Likewise, the platform allows reporting the name of a room or giving feedback in case its rules are violated. You can also block a user on Facebook or Messenger without their knowing it, but they will no longer be able to join the room. He further stated that, although the rooms are not end-to-end encrypted, Rooms has technology to prevent unauthorized access. In addition, video call participants who are not friends on the social network will be able to see and listen, but they will not be able to enter the host’s profile, but will only have access to their first name and public information.
“Rooms’ audio and video will not be used to report ads and we don’t show ads on Rooms,” Facebook said.
The new product will launch in some countries this week and will roll out to the rest of the world in the coming weeks. In addition, the company announced that it is working to make the Rooms function available from Instagram Direct and WhatsApp.