Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, on February 15, 2020.
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Facebook on Thursday announced a new feature that would allow users to broadcast live video calls with up to 50 participants.
This feature allows users to stream video calls made using the company’s Messenger Room product with their Facebook Live Livestreaming product. This will make it possible for large audiences to tune and watch group video calls in real time. This can include events such as speaker panels, TV show reunions and networking events.
The ability to broadcast messenger room calls live is the biggest update to the video calling product since it was launched by Facebook in April.
When it launched, shares of rival video-calling product Zoom fell as much as 5% on the news. The ability to broadcast messenger room calls live could pose another threat to Zoom, which allows paid users to livestream video calls to services such as Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Amazon’s Twitch.
Facebook announced a feature on Thursday, which allows users to broadcast live video calls made using the company’s Messenger Room product.
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Users who create a messenger room will be able to broadcast calls from their profile, Facebook page or Facebook group. Users will be able to control who participates in the call and who can watch the broadcast. Producers can add or remove participants, and they can lock the call to prevent any so-called zombifying prank.
“Whether you’re hosting a book club with friends, interviewing a panel of experts, teaching a fitness class, or broadcasting for fun with your friends, living room to any size Makes it easier to broadcast more interactive with the audience, ”the company announced while announcing the new facility.
This feature will start for users from Thursday.