Not to be outdone by Zoom, Facebook released a new video conversation product called Messenger Rooms that can accommodate many people in one video conference. The platform can accommodate video teleconferences for up to 50 people.
Messenger Rooms were announced directly by the CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, in a live broadcast that was broadcast online. “The presence of video messages is not new to us. However, it is an area that we want to deepen and it is in accordance with our theme in general,” explained Zuckerberg.
The theme in question is the focus to make the messaging feature more private than public as has been done by Facebook and Instagram. Zuckerberg wants to create features on Facebook and Instagram that help people find their small groups, then communicate more intimately through private messaging platforms like Messenger Rooms.
Messenger Rooms can be accessed through Facebook or the Messenger application. This feature is already available on Facebook in most countries. However, availability in the new Messenger application will roll in the next few weeks.
Later, the organizers of the video conference can determine whether they want to open teleconferencing publicly or want to lock it with only invited participants. Participants who join do not need to have a Facebook account.
Just like Zoom or Skype, they can directly join Messenger Rooms via the link sent by the invitee. The organizer or teleconference admin can delete participants at any time and can report participants to Facebook if they are deemed to behave badly.
In Messenger Rooms, users can use AR (augmented reality) filters. You can also change the video background like Zoom. Interestingly, Messenger Rooms have a 360 degree background option that causes 3D effects.