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Video conferencing app have grown in popularity during this lockdown, and this is making some of the big names in the industry restlessness as they also want to take a cut from the booming market. This is particularly the case with Facebook, which introduced Messenger Rooms in beta last month.  Today, Messenger Rooms is starting to go live.

Messenger Rooms Now Live, To Compete With Zoom

The special feature of Messenger Rooms is that it allows you to make video calls of up to 50 people, without any time limit. Facebook members can create chat rooms and share the link of the rooms with specific people by private message or more generally via a public publication.

Facebook Messenger Rooms Goes live

Another particularly of Messenger Rooms: it is not necessary to have a Facebook account to join a conversation. You just have to open the link from a web browser.

Several features are available in conversations, including filters, adding a theme or 360 ° backgrounds.

Regarding confidentiality, Facebook ensures that neither the audio nor the videos of Rooms will be used for advertising purposes. Note, however, that end-to-end encryption is not present.

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Rooms can be created from the iOS and Android applications of Facebook and Messenger. It will also soon be possible to start Rooms chats from the desktop version of Messenger. It is available on the Microsoft Store and the Mac App Store. But for now, it’s available only for North America.

Facebook users globally can create a room from Messenger, and users in North America can create a room from Facebook. We’re also starting to rollout the ability to host up to 50 people in a room globally.

We will continue to add more features to Messenger Rooms in the coming months. We hope Messenger Rooms will enable people everywhere to stay more connected with the people they love, no matter where they might be.

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