FB Mes­sen­ger adds live video broad­cast­ing

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY -

FACE­BOOK Mes­sen­ger added the abil­ity to stream live video, a fea­ture al­ready en­joyed by fans of ri­val ap­pli­ca­tion Snapchat.

In­stant Video lets peo­ple broad­cast re­al­time video in Mes­sen­ger text ex­changes, ac­cord­ing to a Face­book blog post.

“It’s per­fect for shar­ing quick mo­ments with friends who aren’t right by your side or mak­ing your con­ver­sa­tions richer by see­ing each other face- to- face when you are mes­sag­ing,” Face­book said of the In­stant Video fea­ture.

In­stant video was avail­able in the lat­est ver­sion of the Mes­sen­ger ap­pli­ca­tion on mo­bile de­vices pow­ered by Ap­ple or An­droid soft­ware.

Peo­ple us­ing Mes­sen­ger can tap on a video icon to be­gin shar­ing real- time video, with the sound turned off by de­fault but eas­ily turned on.

“In­stant Video is a re­flec­tion of the ubiq­uity of video – we sim­ply ex­pect to have that abil­ity in real- time, all the time,” Face­book said.

The fea­ture also matches one of­fered in ri­val Snapchat, the van­ish­ing mes­sage ser­vice that be­came a hit with teenagers and lets mem­bers share pic­tures and video clips.

In July, Face­book said the num­ber of users of its Mes­sen­ger app had topped one bil­lion.

Face­book it­self has more than 1.6 bil­lion users, and What­sApp, an­other mes­sag­ing ap­pli­ca­tion ac­quired by Face­book for some US$ 20bil ( RM81.7bil) in 2014, also counts more than a bil­lion users.

Other ser­vices in the Face­book “fam­ily” in­clude In­sta­gram, which more than 500 mil­lion peo­ple use to share images. – AFP

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