Facebook adds option to watch Live videos privately with your friends

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Facebook Private Live Chat

Credit: https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/23/facebook-shakes-up-live-with-new-social-chat-features/

Facebook wants you to enjoy private live video conversation with your friends without the crowd. The company added a new option to help you watch Live videos privately with your friends. Called Live Chat With Friends, the new option allows you to invite friends already watching the streams of others you feel might be interested.

Your friends would have to accept your invitation before they can join your broadcast. Once your invitation has been accepted by your friend, you and the person you add will appear in a split screen. This is the case when you go live on landscape. To invite someone to join your live video chat, simply tap on the person’s comment.

Still being tested in a few countries, you can jump back and forth between the public conversation and your private chat for the duration of the broadcast. Conversation with friends can be continued after the broadcaster has stopped streaming.

Facebook’s intention is quite clear with Live Chat With; what it wants to do is to help you sift through seas of comments, and engage in meaningful conversations. Being able to invite your friends to private conversation keeps spam away.

The option is rolling out on mobile devices in some countries, and is available to both iOS and Android users. A broader rollout is expected in the summer—and hopefully Facebook can help its users enjoy live video chats privately.

TechCrunch reports that the social media giant also announced a new feature that will let you go live with another friend in a side-by-side conversation. Once available to celebrities and public figures, the feature is now accessible to every user—and provides an avenue for people to argue or engage in live conversation.

A couple of days back, Facebook updated its Group feature to give admins more power to screen prospective members. If you are a Group admin, the social media behemoth says you can now add new members by establishing up to three questions for them to answer. It means you now have the power to screen potential members to ensure they are the right people you want in your Group.

Group admins have now been better-equipped by that update to make discussions more constructive and fight against spam. The update is like putting more power in the hands of admins, and is in fact, one of the best moves made by Facebook to help admin select who they want to admit based on answers provided. It will not only eliminate spam; it will also enable admins to admit the right people with productive discussions to join their groups.

Facebook launched its Group feature functionality in 2010, which lets its members create spaces around shared interests so that they can share documents, chat, tag photos, and take part in community chats.

Other web and group messaging services also introduced services centered around group activities, underscoring the importance of making online activities relevant to a person’s real life community and activities.

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Author: Ola Ric

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