Facebook Rooms Hit The Market
Video was a huge hit for Facebook back with Facebook Live and it was inevitable that they would throw their hat into the ring with the recent uptake of Zoom. With a reported usage of 300 Million daily users, Facebook wasn’t going to sit idly by as they looked to build on their already successful messenger app market as well.
Having already launched into some countries, online social media users can now connect their Facebook Rooms chat platform through Facebook News Feed, Events and Groups. What makes it even better is that for those connecting to this video chat option, users are not required to download any additional apps.
We can only imagine the surge this new feature has when more people learn about it, especially with plans on rolling it out through Instagram Direct, WhatsApp and Portal. Some of the most significant features of Messenger Rooms, as reported at writing of this, includes the following:
➡ Allowing up to 50 people to join with no time limit
➡ The room owner can decide whether it is public or private
➡ A Facebook account is not required to join
With the recent vulnerabilities reported about Zoom, it gives people another option to choose from this ever growing category. Facebook Rooms was just one of the announcements that Facebook has in store for us, with even more updates to come that were mentioned during the recent live stream:
Messenger Rooms and Privacy
When it comes to privacy, we are generally a little skeptical when it comes to anything online and messaging services are no different. Even though Messenger Rooms are not encrypted, Facebook has declared that it does not listen or view the calls. So let’s take it on face value and presume that all will be good for the tin-hat brigade.
“A lot of the time that I’ve spent on this over the last few weeks as we’ve been building this out and getting ready to ship has been on privacy, security, integrity reviews, and how do we make sure that a lot of the use cases that that have been problematic around Zoom are not going to be things that are replicated here,”
Mark Zuckerberg has stated that the Messenger Rooms were designed with privacy in mind. The fact that connections are most likely with your friends and family, and will go a long way to making it a more controlled experience. For those that will be using this as part of a group, moderators of these rooms will have the ability to decide who is in and out.
We look forward to the advances in any area that helps with connecting more people around the world safely.
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