Facebook Enables 50-Person Live Streams With Messenger

Facebook is rolling out a new feature that lets people live-stream video from Messenger Rooms, the video conferencing tool the social media giant introduced in April.

Facebook already lets users live-stream video on the social network, but they currently can only invite one person to co-broadcast. Streaming a live video from Messenger Rooms means that users will be able to broadcast a chat with up to 50 people.

Messenger Rooms are joinable group video calls that make it easy to spend quality time with friends, loved ones and people who share your interests. Create a room that can go live right from Facebook or Messenger web, and invite anyone to join, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. As a room creator, you can broadcast your room to a Profile, Page or Group, and invite people to tune in.

Here is how you can broadcast live to Facebook from Messenger Rooms?

You can only choose to go live from Messenger Rooms if you are the creator of the room and are using the Google Chrome web browser.
To go live from Messenger Rooms on your computer:
  1. From your Messenger Room, click  in the upper right.
  2. Optionally, give your live video a title.
  3. Select where you’d like to broadcast your live video (to your timeline, a Page you manage, or in a group).
  4. Select your audience.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Wait for participants to confirm or leave the room. Note: The room cannot broadcast live until this step is completed. The room creator can remove participants who do not respond.
  7. Click Start.
  8. When you want to end your broadcast, click  in the upper right, then click End
Keep in mind, when a room creator broadcasts a room using Facebook live, it is shared to Facebook and people outside the room may see what’s happening in the room. Once this happens, we may collect and review audio and video from the room’s broadcast to make sure they follow our Community Standards (as we do with all Facebook Live content). Learn more about how Facebook collects and uses data from Facebook Live in our Data Policy .
If you see a live broadcast of a Messenger Room on Facebook that you think goes against our standards, you can report it, or give feedback about the issue.

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