Facebook announces Messenger Rooms to counter zoom

Coronavirus pandemic forced countries into lockdown, Businesses are more reliant on video calling apps. ZOOM is one of the popular video conferencing app available and its user base increased rapidly day by day. Zoom has more than 300 million users now

Every company has been tweaking their apps to counter Zoom and now Facebook also stepping in the same direction. walking in same way. It has introduced new features to take on Zoom.

In today’s Livestream Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO announced they are launching some new products, Messenger Room is one of those which has a feature to have 50 people joined to video call at the same time.

Facebook plans to roll out it in some country as a test this week and the remaining world will see this tool in upcoming weeks. Facebook said that it has plans to bring the rooms feature to Instagram Direct, WhatsApp, and even Portal. With Messenger Rooms, Facebook plans to take on zoom and other video conferencing apps. Rooms have been built keeping in mind user privacy.

Here are some features that will be available in messenger rooms:

1. The room creator will have control over who to add and whether to make it open for all. 2. Users will be able to start a room directly from the Messenger or Facebook app.

3. It will not be mandatory to have a Facebook account to join Messenger Rooms.

The Facebook official blog post writes,
If your friends or communities create rooms that are open to you, you’ll see them directly on Facebook. When you’re invited to a room, you can join from your phone or computer — no need to download anything to get started.

We built Rooms with privacy and safety top of mind so you can feel comfortable connecting with your friends, family, and communities,” the company said in a blog post. Further, it said it doesn’t view or listen to users’ calls. “The person who creates the room controls who can join, who sees the room, and if the room is locked or unlocked to new guests.



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