Facebook’s social Zoom competitor Messenger Rooms goes live

Messenger Rooms

Talking on the Zoom and some other video conferencing apps like the MS Teams and Google Meet, Facebook has now rolled out its group video chat Messenger Rooms across the globe that allows free video calls with around 50 people with no time limit.

Rooms can be easily and gradually created right from Messenger or Facebook and give people the ability to share links to invite anyone to join, even if they don’t have a Facebook account.

“You can start and share rooms on Facebook through News Feed, Groups, and Events, so it’s easy for you to drop by whenever you want. You can choose who can see and join your room or remove people from your room and lock the room if you don’t want anyone else to join,” explained Stan Chudnovsky, VP of Messenger.

For the Facebook business, Messenger Rooms is an opportunity to realign its messaging products as popular video chat alternatives like Zoom. To create your room, download the latest version of the Facebook and Messenger Mobile app from Google Play or Apple Store and the Messenger Desktop app from the Microsoft Store or Mac App Store.

Facebook users across the globe can create a room from Messenger, and users in North America can create a room from Facebook.

“We’re also starting to roll out the ability to host up to 50 people in a room globally,” Chudnovsky said in a statement on Thursday.

Messenger Rooms

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Facebook previously revealed that its group video chat Messenger Rooms is available within Events and Groups. Members can also add link sharing to make it easier to invite more people to their room, which includes people who are not friends, a member of the group, or who don’t have Messenger or Facebook.

Both the members and admins can create a Room from the Groups composer. The group composer will show active Group focused chats that people can join. There can be many chats rooms per individual group. Rooms that already include 50 people will not be able to add any additional group members, including the admins.

Reports also revealed that Facebook Messenger Rooms shortcuts would soon be available on the Whatsapp Web version. It will enable users to connect with their friends and family with the help of a Messenger Rooms from their laptops and PCs.

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