Facebook launches Zoom alternative called & # 39; Messenger Rooms & # 39; allowing users to host and share group video chats of up to 50 people at a time
- This feature allows users to create video cat rooms for up to 50 people at a time
- It lets users share rooms through Messenger or through news feeds and events
- Messenger Rooms are coming at a time when video chats are gaining popularity
- The feature will challenge services offered by Zoom
Facebook launches a new video chat feature called & # 39; Messenger Rooms & # 39; which allows users to create and share intercompany chat rooms.
According to Facebook, Messenger Rooms can be created within Facebook Messenger and can be shared on news feeds, or through various groups or events.
Once created, the rooms can host up to 50 people at the same time, despite having a Facebook account. The company says there is no limit to how long the rooms can stay open.
Messenger Rooms allow users to engage in video chats of up to 50 people and are released at a time when services such as Zoom are gaining popularity
Facebook says that whoever hosts the room will have control over who's attending and is able to lock or unlock the room. The host will also be able to remove any participant at any time.
& # 39; We do not watch or listen to your conversations, and the person who makes the room controls who can attend, who sees the room, and if the room is locked or unlocked for new guests, & # 39; Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook's Facebook messenger of Messenger said in a statement.
& # 39; The janitor must be present to begin the call, and the maker may remove guests at any time. & # 39;
The new feature comes amid a rise in people who aren't turning to video chat technology as a means to stay in touch during lockdown, with Facebook reporting demand for video calling on Messenger and WhatsApp more than doubling in areas that aren't most affected by coronavirus.
Zoom has emerged as one of the more popular platforms in recent months, though it has been hampered by security issues that have addressed the company with an update to the software.
Messenger Rooms can be shared via Facebook Messenger or through events and groups
Among the issues has & # 39; Zoom bombing & # 39; West, in which a stranger has access to a gathering of unauthorized and offensive material – in some cases child abuse footage, which the National Crime Agency (NCA) says it is investigating.
The NSPCC voiced its concerns about Facebook's new offering, saying it & # 39; should not run on this without guaranteeing the safety of children & # 39 ;.
Andy Burrows, head of online child safety policy at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, said:
& # 39; Our research shows that one on & # 39; The 10 kids who # video chat are asked to remove clothing, so if Facebook is serious about security as & # 39; top of & # 39; & # 39; they must immediately explain how they intend to respond to the very real risk of sexual abuse. & # 39;
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