Facebook has officially introduced a new video-calling feature that allows you to chat with as many as 50 people at the same time.
Messenger Rooms, which was announced by Mark Zuckerberg himself in his blog post on April 24th, will be available on the Facebook-owned apps: WhatsApp, Instagram, Portal, and Facebook Live.
The concept of this new video chat is based on invitation via a shared link.
“You can start a room for any activity — whether you’re hosting celebrations, game nights, book clubs, or just have some time to hang out — send people a link, and they can drop in and hang out with you even if they’re not on Facebook. You’ll be able to create rooms and invite people across WhatsApp, Instagram, and Portal as well. You’ll also be able to discover rooms your friends are in at the top of News Feed, and it’s easy to drop by and say hi. You don’t need to schedule a time to hang out like other video conferencing tools,” says Mark Zuckerberg’s introduction post.
The Messenger Room chat option is already available for some users in the UK, but the rest of the world will only get the update in the next few weeks, reports The BBC.
Still, Messenger Rooms were introduced earlier than planned due to the high demand affected by the global quarantine.
The new feature is also supposed to be advanced in terms of cybersecurity. Facebook says that Messenger Rooms were developed with the help from high-profile cryptographers, so no uninvited guests will be able to hijack the video calls.