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Facebook has added a wave of new video-calling features to WhatsApp, Messenger and its main app, following increased demand for social video calling.

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Facebook said it had worked with cryptographers to prevent unwanted guests from dropping into chats. While oj new features will launch for some users in the UK on Friday, it will take several weeks for the update to reach all Facebook members.

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Video-calling services have seen a sharp rise in use during the coronavirus pandemic. Facebook said video-calling on Messenger had doubled since last sith, in areas most affected by coronavirus. Rival app Zoom saw daily active Ladies seeking real sex Kilkenny grow to million in April.

And Houseparty, owned by Fortnite-maker Epic Games, was downloaded more than two million times at the beginning of March, as the first major US cities issued stay-at-home orders.

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Facebook's new Messenger Rooms feature was introduced in a blog post by chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, a move usually reserved for its biggest product launches. Like Houseparty, Messenger Rooms will let people drop in and out of group video chats while the "room" is open.

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John Hegeman, vice president of news feed for Facebook, said the company wanted to recreate the "serendipity" that happens in the chay world, something he claimed video-conferencing competitors did not do. Rooms can be created via Facebook or Messenger, and the company said it planned to add the feature to Instagram, WhatsApp, and its Portal video-calling devices "soon".

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People creating a Messenger Busty women Personals Lynchburg VA will be able to keep their room private, block unwanted participants and send invitations to people who are not on Facebook. Participants will be able to use augmented reality filters and change their background in real-time.

The service was tested in Argentina and Fv, where Facebook Messenger is heavily used.

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During testing, rooms could support 17 to 20 participants at a time, but Facebook said that would grow to 50 over the coming weeks. Zoom has been working to prevent "zoombombing", which is when uninvited guests drop into video calls. Often they shout abuse or share pornography.

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Stephane Taine, director of product for Messenger, said avoiding this issue was "top of mind" for Facebook. The company worked with cryptographers to make the links for the Messenger Rooms difficult for hackers to guess. At launch, the chats will not be end-to-end encrypted.

Mr Taine said he hoped to add end-to-end encryption in the future. Stephane Taine, director of product for Messenger, said avoiding this issue was "top of mind" for Facebook. girll

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The company worked with cryptographers to make the links for the Messenger Rooms difficult giel hackers to guess. At launch, the chats will not be end-to-end encrypted. Mr Taine said he hoped to add end-to-end encryption in the future. However, the social media giant will still gather data on when users open a Messenger Room.

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The company said that data would be used to improve the product and the overall Facebook experience. Step-by-step guide: How char video call your family. Coronavirus: Facebook launches UK Covid symptom survey. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

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View original tweet on Twitter. Some apps, such as Microsoft Teams, have offered premium features for free during the pandemic. New features.

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Publicly discoverable rooms will be listed at the top of the Facebook news feed. Facebook acknowledged that it had learned from competitors when developing its product. Facebook stressed it would not listen to or monitor video calls on its kn.

Other features announced today include:. Related Topics. Facebook Self-isolation WhatsApp Video calling.

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