Nadeem: – Breaking News: Facebook decided to unveil a new video chat Service with virtual “Rooms” where people visit Friends, Family Members, and Others aiming at users turning to the popular Zoom platform during the pandemic.
In this update for the Facebook Messenger application, the users will be able to start video call sessions as many as 50 friends can join and linger in as long as they wish, even if they don´t have their Facebook accounts.
It is video conferencing platforms such as ‘Zoom, Fb “Messenger Rooms” is tailored for socializing with friends and family whether it be birthdays, happy hours, book clubs or Parent groups.
“This is designed to be more serendipitous and spontaneous,” chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said while briefing AFP on Rooms.
“I just keep a window open on my computer or phone and people who I normally wouldn´t go out of my way to call just sort of drop by.”
“I feel like we are missing that in our lives right now,” he added.
“Facebook Users, will be able to create Virtual Rooms and decide who to invite to join, according to Zuckerberg.
“I could be hanging out on a couch on the weekend and send out an invite to all my friends to come to a ´hanging-out-on-the-couch room,´” Zuckerberg said.
Fun features are included ‘augmented-reality’ effects such as bunny ears and aliens, along with immersive fake backgrounds for use.
Everyone is invited :
This is an unusual step, people don´t need Facebook accounts or apps to visit Messenger Rooms.
“People can just send a link to their grandmother or whomever,” Zuckerberg said.
“You can tap on the link from anywhere and if you don´t have the app it will open in your browser.”
Facebook claimed, it has built-in system to prevent unwanted guests from entering Virtual Rooms.
“There are tools to kick people out easily; lock rooms, or close them if things are going badly,” Zuckerberg said.
Facebook will make a priority of getting word of rooms, In the background, for users to show interest in engaging.
Fb Messenger Rooms are expected to be available to Facebook´s users around the work in coming weeks.
The Use of video calls and conferencing has rocketed up as people work, learn, and socialize remotely while staying home to avoid COVID-19.
“Through this period people are relying on social and communication services more than ever,” Zuckerberg said.
Facebook decides to add ways to create “Rooms” from its ‘Instagram’ and ‘WhatsApp’ messaging platforms as well as using its Portal Smart Screens.
Facebook is also going to double the number of people who can simultaneously take part in ‘WhatsApp’ video calls to Eight.
Increasing video chat group size at WhatsApp is more technically challenging because calls are encrypted end-to-end, according to Zuckerberg.
Facebook is also expanding live streaming features at the Social Network and Instagram as people increasingly go online for Cooking lessons, Religious services, Exercise classes, and much more.
“Our hope is that by making it so you can charge a fee it will help support Creators and Services that rely on in-person appearances,” Zuckerberg said.