The feature, dubbed “Messenger Rooms”, will start in some countries this week, and in the rest of the world in the coming weeks, including the United States.
People who create the room or host will need a Facebook account and can start the conversation via Messenger or Facebook, while people who do not have accounts can join the conversation if they are invited.
Chat time will be open unlike in Zoom that forces users to end it after 40 minutes in free versions.
Conversations can also be made more entertaining by using AI-powered wallpapers to suggest that users are located near a beach, mountains or soccer fields, and filters can also be added to enhance the home space.
if you enjoy Zoom virtual backgrounds, Facebook just raised the bar with 360-degree augmented reality backgrounds for its new Messenger Rooms (? @houseparty) https://t.co/9N2lx5WmQF pic.twitter.com/Vph7VoKHzZ
– Chris Fox (@thisisFoxx) April 24, 2020
To use this feature, you must follow the following steps:
Firstly: Update the Facebook Messenger app to make sure you are using the latest version to access the new feature.
Secondly: Open the app and go to the chat page, and then choose to create a new room.
Third: The user can specify the activity of the room, such as the study, for example, and also can organize privacy settings and specify who can join as well as the time the conversation starts.
Fourthly: Go to the “Invitation” page and decide who can attend.
Fifth: Once in conversation, it will be displayed on your chat page so you can easily gather the same people next time.
Messenger Rooms is rolling out “in some countries” this week, and will expand globally “in the coming weeks”.#MessengerRooms #Facebook #Messenger #WhatsApp #Instagram #UDSTEEP pic.twitter.com/3WD892Zol5
– UDSTEEP (@udsteep) April 25, 2020
With regard to safety measures, only the user who created the room will be able to control it and limit the number of joiners or who can see, lock and open the room for new guests, and also expel those who do not abide by the rules.