Online communication has taken the world by storm due to COVID-19. We’re all cooped up in our homes dying of boredom trying to find the latest ways to hangout with our friends. Just like that, applications such as Zoom, Skype and Houseparty are being used more than ever before.
Now, Facebook Messenger is joining in the game as the latest social media platform to offer mass video calls and accommodate to the needs of a quarantined world. Though they already offer the video chat function, Facebook is taking it a step further with this upgrade that enables users to create a video chat room via Facebook or the Messenger app.
The room can accommodate up to 50 people in a single call and you can invite your friends to join even if they don’t have a Facebook account. It’s also free to use and you don’t have to worry about your call ending at a random point of time as there’s no limit to how long you can video chat.
The steps to create a room are simple and straightforward. First, open the Messenger app. Then, tap the People tab at the bottom right of the screen and tap on ‘Create A Room’. From there, you can select the people you want to join and share a link to others who don’t have Facebook account. You can also share the room on your Newsfeed, Groups and Events.
Unfortunately, the service isn’t available in Singapore yet but you can be hopeful that’ll arrive on our local internet grounds soon. They’re slowly rolling it out to a few countries before eventually releasing it globally. But once it’s here you can hang out with your friends over Facebook Messenger and explore their 14 different camera filters and changeable backgrounds with one another.
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