Facebook’s new group. video chat feature Messenger Rooms is getting ready to compete with services like Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams , as more people turn to video chat amid coronavirus lockdowns and quarantines
Facebook users will soon be able to create a video chat room from Facebook or the Messenger app, and invite anyone up to 60 people to join a video call – even if they don’t have a Facebook account. There will be no time limits on calls.
Messenger Rooms arrives as some people are looking for an alternative to Zoom, which has faced a number of security and privacy issues in the past two months. (If you are still using Zoom, you can take steps to lock down you meetings and prevent (Zoombombing) , and learn other hidden tips and tricks
Facebook Messenger Rooms will be rolling out in certain countries this week before expanding globally, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a livestream on Friday. Keep reading for Facebook Messenger Rooms’ stance on privacy, and how to get started using the new video chat platform.
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Facebook Messenger Rooms privacy concerns
Messenger Rooms privacy protections include the ability to control who sees your room, and can lock or unlock it. If it’s unlocked, anyone with the link can join and share the room with others. But the room creator has to be present to start the call. They can control who can join, and can remove participants at any time, too. People can report a room for violating Facebook rules – though those reports will not include any video or audio from the call. Facebook does not listen to your calls at all, the company said.
How to create a Facebook Messenger Room Once it’s available in your area, here’s how to create. a Room from your phone:
1. Open the Messenger app.
2. Tap the People tab at the bottom right of the screen.
3. Tap Create a Room, and select the people who you want to join. 3. To share a room with people who don’t have a Facebook account, you can share the link with them. You can also share the room in your News Feed, Groups and Events.
You can join a room from your phone or computer – no need to download anything, according to Facebook.
Facebook plans to add ways to create rooms from Instagram Direct, WhatsApp and (Portal
as well. Features will include camera filters and changeable backgrounds.
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