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Targeting Zoom and Houseparty, Facebook's Messenger Rooms goes live worldwide

The video chat service will try to meet a demand that skyrocketed with the COVID-19 pandemic

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  • Between Messenger and WhatsApp, more than 700 million accounts participate in voice and video calls every day;
  • WhatsApp latest update increased the number of participants on video calls to up to 8 people.

Facebook has launched globally its Messenger Rooms, a new group video chat service that supports video calls with up to 50 participants with no time limit to compete with Zoom and Houseparty.

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Facebook rushed to meet a demand that skyrocketed with the COVID-19 pandemic: many-to-many video conferences.

“Between Messenger and WhatsApp, more than 700 million accounts participate in voice and video calls every day, and the number of calls has more than doubled in many countries since the pandemic began. In some cases, the number of group video calls has gone up by more than 10 times,” said Facebook.

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Last month, Facebook had already launched the desktop version of its Messenger app for Mac and Windows. Its messaging service WhatsApp latest update also increased the number of participants on video calls to up to 8 people – with plans to reach 50.