Facebook Introduces New Messenger Rooms

Facebook is getting in on the video call scene which has grown to astronomical popularity since the start of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown it has caused in many countries. 

The new Messenger Rooms will see the social media platform tackle AR and VR messaging for up to 50 people!

A statement from Facebook read: “Messenger Rooms make it easy to spend quality time with friends, loved ones and people who share your interests. 

“Create a room right from Messenger or Facebook, and invite anyone to join your video call, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. Rooms will soon hold up to 50 people with no time limit.

“Host celebrations, gather a book club or just hang out on the couch with friends. You don’t need to call someone and hope it’s a good time or check everyone’s calendar first. You can start and share rooms on Facebook through News Feed, Groups and Events, so it’s easy for people to drop by. 

“Soon we’ll add ways to create rooms from Instagram Direct, WhatsApp and Portal, too.”

On top of this, Facebook, which also owns messaging app WhatsApp, has announced that it is working on integrating video functions into this app also. The statement from Facebook went on to say: “WhatsApp calls are another way to stay in touch. Soon you’ll be able to have group voice and video calls with up to eight people on WhatsApp. 

“As before, these calls are secured with end-to-end encryption so no one else can view or listen to your private conversation, not even WhatsApp.”