Today, Facebook unveiled its response to Zoom’s insane growth in the past few weeks from COVID-19 blockages occurring around the world.
Facebook Messenger already had video chat functionality, but it was limited both in the total number of people allowed to participate, as well as in its requirement that everyone have a Facebook account.
With the new Messenger rooms, that changes. First, you can host video chats for up to 50 people, and those who don’t have a Facebook account can still join – they’ll get a link to the room you’ve created. With one click, they can then join the conversation – as with Zoom. Above all, Messenger Rooms has no time limit.
If you join a room through the Messenger app, you can play with AR effects and new features like immersive backgrounds and mood lighting. The creator of a room chooses who can see and join it, and can remove anyone from the call at any time, as well as lock the room if he does not want someone else to enter it . And of course you can leave a room whenever you want. The rooms that you create via a Facebook group are open by default to members of this group.
The Rooms feature is not end-to-end encrypted because “there are significant challenges” in providing such encryption for video calls with large groups of people. However, Facebook says it is actively working on this for the future. Meanwhile, the content of the room is encrypted between participants and Facebook servers, which “are only placed in a handful of countries with a strong rule of law.” The company also promises not to watch or listen to your audio or video calls.
Messenger Rooms is rolling out “in select countries” this week, and will expand globally “in the coming weeks.”
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