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Facebook launch Messenger Rooms

Facebook has launched their new video chat product, Messenger Rooms.

The social media platform announced on Thursday (14.05.20) that Messenger Rooms is now available to everyone on both mobile and desktop, allowing anyone to stay in touch with their friends, family, and colleagues.

Messenger Rooms is a more feature-rich and expanded version of the existing Facebook Messenger's video calling function, and allows up to 50 people to chat on video with no time limit through either the main Facebook app or through the dedicated Messenger one.

Facebook have said the new product allows users to set limits on who can join a video call, and can even be set to allow anyone to join - even if they don't have a Facebook account.

Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook's vice president of Messenger, wrote in a blog post: "You can start and share rooms on Facebook through News Feed, Groups and Events, so it's easy for you to drop by whenever you want. You can choose who can see and join your room or remove people from your room and lock the room if you don't want anyone else to join."

Users can still use Facebook Messenger to perform one-on-one calls and video chats or group calls and group video chats just as you could before, but there is now a "People" section on the app that gives users the option to create a room.

From there, users can set parameters for the room, as well as who can access the video call.

Users can choose to make the room available to any of their friends and anyone with whom they share the link, or pick specific people on their friends list who will then get personal Messenger invites from them.

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