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Facebook Messenger Rooms video conferencing announced to take on Zoom

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With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people to stay at home, video chat platforms like Zoom became an overnight sensation as work professionals and school classes shift to online communication to continue their processes and operations.

Naturally, the biggest social media platform in the world wants a piece of the pie. Hence the introduction of Facebook Messenger Rooms. This is a great alternative to those who worry about the privacy issues that Zoom is facing or those who just want a video conferencing medium that’s more familiar to use.

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How many people are allowed in a Facebook Messenger Rooms call? Well, you can hold an entire class or group of employees that consists of 50 people.

Much like Zoom, the host has full control of everything. The host can decide who can see the room and the people who can join it. The host also has an option to remove people from the call, and lock it down to prevent uninvited people from joining in.

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Are you not Facebook friends with your workmates? Can you still use Messenger Rooms even if you don’t have a Facebook account? Well, no worries. You can invite people via a dedicated web link if you’re not friends with them on Facebook.

Depending on your settings, you can personally ask people to join in, or share the room in your News Feed, Groups, or Events. On the other hand, you can also see if a friend or community has created a group chat only if it’s available for you to join in.

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Messenger Rooms will be built inside the Messenger app that you probably already have on your device, so no need to download a separate app.

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The Facebook Messenger Rooms will be available in select countries this week and will gradually expand on all markets in the coming weeks. Facebook also plans to add chat room access in their other products: Instagram Direct, WhatsApp, and Portal.

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