Facebook has launched new Messenger Rooms, a video conferencing addition which can host groups of up to 50 people including those without a Facebook account.
Messenger Rooms has been rolled out already, with reports showing a possible integration across WhatsApp and Instagram.
Though the person setting up the chat will require a Facebook account, others without one can be invited along on either mobile or desktop.
Unlike Zoom which allows up to 100 people with a (40-minute time limit), Messenger Rooms have no time limit.
Users can start and share rooms on Facebook through News Feed, groups and events, while plans are underway to allow rooms to be created from Instagram Direct and WhatsApp.
“We don’t view or listen to your calls, and the person who creates the room controls who can join, who sees the room, and if the room is locked or unlocked to new guests,”
– Stan Chudnovsky VP, Messenger
Video communication technology has seen massive user growth in past weeks, largely due to lockdown laws worldwide.