Facebook brings live broadcasting feature to Messenger Rooms

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Social networking tech giant Facebook has launched a live broadcasting feature to its recently launched video conferencing tool called Messenger Rooms. Using this feature, people will be able to live stream with up to 50 participants video calls by combining with its Facebook Live live streaming product. “By bringing Messenger Rooms and Facebook Live together, we’re unlocking new ways for people to connect and create content even while they’re apart,” said Facebook in a press statement. Facebook said that this feature is rolling out in some countries on Facebook and Messenger web starting today, and will soon expand to all countries where Messenger Rooms is available as well as to the Facebook and Messenger mobile app and Messenger desktop app. This feature will allow users to create a room that can go live from Facebook or Messenger web, and invite anyone to join, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. Room creators will be able to broadcast their room to a Profile, Page or Group, and invite people to tune in as well. The live broadcast will be controlled by room creators. This includes where the room is shared on Facebook, who can view the broadcast and who’s invited to participate. The creator will also be able to add or remove participants from the live broadcast at any time. Room creators can also lock and unlock a room during the live broadcast. All the room participants will receive a notification inviting them to join the live broadcast and will have to opt in to participate. They can also choose to leave the room before it goes live, said Facebook. The room participants will be able to leave the live broadcast at any time. When a room creator chooses to go Live, the broadcast is shared to Facebook and people outside the room may see what’s happening in the room based on the audience and where the room is shared on Facebook. Facebook said that people are opting for Facebook Live more than ever as Live broadcasts from Pages doubled in June 2020 compared to the same time last year.

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