Although aimed at the consumer market, Facebook’s new Messenger Rooms feature allows you to invite anyone to join your video call, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. The company also said it’s end-to-end encrypted. Rooms will soon hold up to 50 people with no time limit. You can start and share rooms on Facebook through News Feed, Groups and Events and soon Facebook says it will add ways to create rooms from Instagram Direct, WhatsApp and Portal, too. Like Zoom and Teams, Messenger Rooms allows you to create public or private meetings. WIth Messenger Groups, through Facebook, your friends or communities create rooms that are open to you, you’ll see them on Facebook so you can find things to do and people to hang out with. When you’re invited to a room, you can join from your phone or computer — no need to download anything.
Here’s a video on how it works:
When you create a room, you choose who can see and join it. You can remove people from the call and lock a room if you don’t want anyone else to enter. As security is a hot topic right now with video platforms, here are their security terms.
Messenger Rooms is rolling out in some countries this week and will expand to the rest of the world in coming weeks.