Although the conversation about instant messaging services usually star, WhatsApp and Telegram, the truth is Facebook Messenger It is, both globally and in Spain, the second most used service in this category. Something even more striking when we consider that WhatsApp, which occupies the first position, is also owned by the Zuckerberg company. Proof that although in recent years, and especially among the youngest, the meme «Does Facebook still exist?» (something we already talked about here), the social network company continues to have a lot of traction in certain areas.
Thus, in reaction to the current situation of confinement, they responded with Facebook Messenger Desktop (the client of this service for Windows and Mac) as a tool to facilitate teleworking. It is not lost on anyone that videoconferencing, that service that everyone knew but not that many had used, has gained unimaginable relevance just a few months ago. Proof of this is the dire situation of Zoom with its, at the same time, incredible growth in user volume, and the avalanche of security problems that have been recently known.
Just yesterday we learned that Telegram is going to take a first step in that direction, integrating calls into its service, and today we woke up with the news that, soon, Facebook Messenger will incorporate Messenger Roms, a group videoconference room in the style of those already offered by Zoom and similar services. Forecasts suggest that this new feature will be available in the beta version of Messenger on Windows and Mac in the coming days.
Here are some of its key features:
The rooms can be created from Faceeboook and Facebook Messenger
It will be possible to invite anyone to join the video call, even if they don’t have a Facebook account.
Facebook will also add ways to create rooms from Instagram Direct and WhatsApp
Rooms can be started and shared on Facebook through news, groups and events.
When receiving an invitation, it will be possible to accept it from smartphone and PC.
It will not be necessary to download apps or add-ons to use the service.
The Facebook Messenger app will include visual effects like skins, backgrounds, and lighting effects.
The rooms will have (although not from the first day) capacity for 50 people with no time limit.
Thinking about security and privacy problems (and surely with an eye on Zoom), those responsible for this new function of Facebook Messenger have incorporated in it, from the first moment, a set of tools for the hosts of the meetings have control over the participants in them. For example, you can block access to a room after a video call has started. This will prevent unanticipated accesses that could go unnoticed if they occur at a time when the group is paying attention to other things.
It will also be possible to expel unwanted participants. In addition, by performing this action, access to the room will be automatically blocked, preventing new access by people who should not be there. Of course, the blocking is not final, if the administrator wishes, he can reopen the room so that new people can join the videoconference. Also, if any user has blocked another user, both will never be able to access the same room.
Source: Facebook Newsroom