Facebook Launches Messenger Rooms For Group Video Calls With up to 50 People

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Looking forward to the tremendous growth of Zoom over the past few weeks during the COVID-19 lockdown, Facebook has launched today its Messenger Rooms that will allow group video calls with up to 50 people.

As of now, Facebook Messenger has already video chat functionality, however, it is limited to two conditions. First is the total number of participants is limited and the second is, one must have a Facebook account to video chat on Messenger. 

But now, with the launch of Messenger Rooms, Facebook has removed both of these limitations to some extent. Messenger Rooms allow you to group video chat with up to 50 participants at the same time. In addition to that, those, who don’t have a Facebook account can still join you in the group chat as they’ll receive a link to the Room you have created. With a single click, they will be able to join the conversation, – just like with Zoom. And here’s the best part, Messenger Rooms doesn’t have a time limit for usage. 

Apart from these functionalities, Messenger Rooms have many other amazing features to try on. On Messenger Rooms, 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 they don’t want anyone else to enter.

Messenger Rooms

Well, the Rooms feature is not end-to-end encrypted, because “there are significant challenges” to providing such encryption for video calling with large groups of people. However, Facebook says it’s actively working towards this for the future. 

In the meantime, Room content is encrypted between participants and the Facebook servers, that are “placed in only a handful of countries that have a strong rule of law”. Meanwhile, Facebook also promises that it doesn’t watch or listen to your audio or video calls.

As for the availability, Messenger Rooms is rolling to some countries this week. However, it will be expanding its reach globally in the coming weeks. 

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