Facebook launches Zoom rival

Facebook launches Zoom rival

Messenger Rooms can accommodate 50 people.

Facebook is taking on the likes of Zoom and Houseparty with the launch of a new real-time video chat feature, as the social media giant looks to cash in on the rapid growth in video-based socialising.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a number of video-based platforms have seen an explosion in growth as people around the world turn to technology not just for work, but for social activities too.

Zoom has seen its daily active users rise to 300 million in April, while Houseparty, a social live-video app built by Fortnite creators Epic Games, was downloaded more than 2 million times at the start of March.

Now Facebook has expanded its suite of video services in an effort to take on these rivals and keep pace with the use of real-time video for social activities.

The company has launched Messenger Rooms, where a host can invite anyone to participate or leave open for anyone to join, very similarly to how Houseparty works.

Each Messenger Room will be able to hold up to 50 people and there will be no time limit on the video chats. Anyone can participate, even if they don’t have a Facebook account, and the room host will have a high-level of control over who can join.

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