Introducing a new feature for Messenger Rooms, Facebook will now allow up to 50 users to take part in a live stream discussion at once.
Facebook users can now turn their room into a Facebook Live broadcast, where up 50 people can take part in a discussion that is being live-streamed. The feature would help users on Messenger Rooms to go live with a book club discussion, interview a panel of experts, teach a fitness class or just broadcast a jam session with friends. In terms of functionality, it would be similar to a Zoom call.
A room can be created to go live right from Facebook or Messenger web, and other users, as well as people who don’t have Facebook accounts, can be invited to tune in to listen. “By bringing Messenger Rooms and Facebook Live together, we’re unlocking new ways for people to connect and create content even while they’re apart,” says Facebook.
The room creator will have the option to broadcast the room discussion to a Page, Profile or Group while inviting people to tune in. They will have the controls to the live broadcast, including where the room is shared on Facebook who can view the broadcast and who’s invited to participate.
All the room participants will receive a notification inviting them to join the live broadcast and will have the option to participate. They can also choose to leave the room before it goes live. The room creator will have the option to add or remote participants from the live broadcast at any point, as well as lock and unlock a room during the live broadcast.