Facebook has launched arguably the biggest rival to Zoom in the group video chat space with the launch of Facebook Messenger Rooms, a free service that allows up to 50 people to join the same video group chat.
The new service was announced via a Facebook blog post, in which it revealed that the Messenger Room will be rolled out in some countries this week and will be expanded further over the next few weeks.
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In establishing itself as the biggest rival to Zoom in the video group chat space, Facebook Messenger Rooms will can host up to 50 people on the same call, including those who do not have Facebook accounts. Significantly, as well as being free to use, unlike Zoom there will be no time limit on calls.
Users can start and share rooms via Facebook’s News Feed, Groups and Events, will plans to introduce functionality with Instagram, WhatsApp and Portal soon. In addition, Facebook says it will soon be expanding WhatsApp group calls by allowing up to eight people on to a call at once.
You can read more on Facebook Messenger Rooms here.