With the updates that are revealed at F8 Conference this year for Messenger, a few updates are dedicated to building community on the platform and co-watching videos on the platform.
“However, we know that what makes Messenger special to people is the connections they make – very much like the digital living room Mark referred to in his note from March. ” Asha Sharma
From now there will be a dedicated space for users to easily find content from the friends and family they message most. Content from Stories to images and videos users share with each other, along with other features. The product is in the early stages of development
Video is becoming increasingly valuable for the community. 410M people connect over video chat on the platform each month and people are spending 2B minutes per day on our video products.
A new feature will allow people to watch videos together in real time on the platform. The new feature creates a virtual living room where user can discover and share videos from Facebook to build closer connections. They are able to seamlessly share a video from the Facebook app on Messenger and invite others to watch the video together in real time while messaging or on a video chat. This could be a favourite show, a funny clip or even home videos. The feature is in testing phase right now and will be rolled it out globally later this year.