Updated: Apr 28, 2020
Facebook's new group video chat feature Messenger Rooms is getting ready to compete with services like Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams, as more people use video chat amid coronavirus lockdowns and quarantines. Facebook users will soon be able to create a video chat room via Facebook or the Messenger app and invite up to 50 people to join a video call. You can also use this even if they don't have a Facebook account. There will be no time limits on calls as far as we know. Messenger Rooms arrives as some people are looking for an alternative to Zoom, which has faced a number of security and privacy issues in the past two months.
Facebook Messenger Rooms will be deploying in certain countries this week before expanding globally, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a livestream on Friday. Keep reading for Facebook Messenger Rooms' stance on privacy, and how to get started using the new video chat platform.
You can join a room from your phone or computer without the need to download anything, according to Facebook. Facebook plans to add ways to add rooms from Instagram, WhatsApp and Portal as well. Features will include over 10 camera filters and changeable backgrounds.
How to create a Facebook Messenger Room
Once it's available in your area, here's how to create a Room from your phone: 1. Open the Messenger app. 2. Tap the People tab at the bottom right of the screen. 3. Tap Create a Room, and select the people who you want to join. 3. To share a room with people who don't have a Facebook account, you can share the link with them. You can also share the room in your News Feed, Groups and Events. .