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Facebook Messenger allows users watch videos together

Facebook cited privacy concerns in cutting off a research project on political misinformation. Source: AFP.

NEW YORK: Facebook has now made it possible to watch videos together with your loved ones on Facebook Messenger, limiting to eight users at a time.

Videos on Facebook Watch can be viewed with friends and family over Messenger video calls. That means the content people can watch together is limited to what’s on Facebook. Although that library is expanding to include both licensed content and user-uploaded videos.

Earlier, video calling could be done through Facebook Messenger, but now on Facebook, 50 people can do video calling simultaneously through Messenger Rooms.

Just like Zoom, users on Facebook Messenger can add another person to a conference call by sending a link that can accommodate up to 50 people.

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The company says that with a feature called Messenger Room, users will be able to watch videos and shows together with their loved ones by selecting them from Video Hub Facebook Watch.

This feature is being introduced to users of Android and Apple mobile devices worldwide. According to Facebook, more than 150 million video calls are being made daily on Messenger, which has led to the introduction of a tool called Messenger Room, which allows up to 50 people to be part of a video chat.

The coronavirus has seen a significant increase in the use of video calling apps for homework in lockdown, with Zoom and Skype topping the list.

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