Video conferencing applications have got crazy growth in coronavirus pandemic lockdown and Zoom video conferencing app is one of them which has got immense popularity and also has faced criticism because of its security issues.
But now Facebook has introduced its own videoconferencing tool and expanded live streaming features in response to the crazy growth of the Zoom video calling app.
Facebook Messenger already had video calling functionality, but there were some limitations like limited people were allowed to participate in a video call, and only those could participate who had a Facebook account.
Now Facebook has overcome these limitations in Messenger Rooms. Now you can host a video conference to upto 50 people, and those who don’t have a Facebook account can also join – they will receive an invitation link to the Messenger Room you have created. By accepting an invitation they can join your video call just like Zoom. Unlike Zoom, Facebook Messenger Room video call has no time limitation.
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When a user creates a meeting, the user can select who can see and join it. Meeting creator can remove the people from the meeting and lock the meeting if he doesn’t want anyone else to enter.
With the launch, Facebook has joined a competition with the companies that are rushing to dominate the market for video conferencing, as half of humanity is locked indoors in the world and they are suddenly reliant on video meeting applications for work, education and social life.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced, “Facebook Messenger Rooms is rolling out in some countries this week and will expand to the rest of the world in coming weeks.”
Facebook has said Messenger Room has been built keeping in mind users privacy and security. However Rooms feature does not provide end-to-end encryption but Facebook said we’re working on it. But users don’t need to worry because Room content is encrypted between participants and the Facebook servers, that are “placed in only a handful of countries that have strong rule of law”.