Facebook launches Messenger Room: video chat for up to 50 participants
Here comes the answer Facebook to the super growth of Zoom, mainly caused by the restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus emergency, which are occurring all over the world.
Is called Facebook Messenger Room. In reality, the Zuckerberg social network already had the video chat functionality, but in fact it was limited both by the total number of people authorized to participate, and by the need for everyone to have a Facebook account.
With the new Messenger Room, change everything. Now it is possible to host video chat of up to 50 people even those who do not have a Facebook account can participate: the latter will receive a link to the Room created and can join with a simple click. Messenger Rooms is not subject to a time limit.
The creator of a room chooses who can see it and join it and can remove anyone from the conversation at any time, as well as being able to block the room if they don’t want someone else to enter. Everyone can obviously leave a room at any time. Rooms created through a Facebook group are open by default to members of that group.
The Messenger Room function is not end-to-end encrypted, a difficult task considering the large number of participants. However, Facebook says it is actively working on this issue. In the meantime, the content of the rooms is encrypted among the participants with servers – emphasizes Facebook – “placed only in countries that have a strong rule of law”.
Messenger Rooms will be launched this week in some markets. Then the service will soon be extended globally.