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Facebook Messenger Adds Screen Share Feature in Video Calls

Facebook Messenger has expanded its video call service with the screen share feature, available for both Android and iOS devices, and also accessible via desktop apps and web version. This new screen feature works just like zoom as it allows you to instantly share your screen with friends and family, either one-on-one, with up to 8 people in a group call or with up to 16 people in Rooms. Through the screen share feature, you can share a live view of whatever you're doing with your loved ones. The company maintains that this provides better ways to engage and stay connected since majority of people still socialize virtually due to Covid-19. Here's how to use the screen share feature: Open the Messenger app on your iPhone or Android.Start a video call by selecting one or more contacts and tapping the camera icon.Once on the call, swipe up on the toolbar at the bottom (where you find the icons for hanging up or turning your mic off).From the expanded menu, tap Share your screen. When you initiate screen sharing, the other people on the video chat will be able to see a live view of whatever is on your phone screen. The video chat interface will move to the upper right hand corner of your phone, so you'll still be able to see your friends on camera while you show them what's on your phone. Facebook also reveals its plan to expand the number of people you can share your screen with to 50. The company will also be adding control features for Room creators, with this, you'll be able to limit the ability to screen share to just yourself or allow other participants to do the same. What do you think about Facebook's Screen Share feature? Have a chat with us in the comment section. Source Source

Facebook Messenger Room: How to use the New Video Chat Feature

Facebook's new video chat feature Messenger Room officially went live on Thursday. As video chat platforms like Zoom, Skype, Google Meet have now become the major avenue for staying in touch during this battle with a pandemic, Facebook took note of this and decided to up its game in order to be on a par with the others by revamping the functionality of its video networking service. This alteration spawned what we now have as Facebook Messenger Room. With this new video feature, Facebook users can create a video chat room through Facebook or Messenger with a phone or desktop and, add or invite up to 50 people to chat on video - even if they don't have a Facebook account - with no time limit to the call length. And as stated by Facebook, soon users will also be able to join and initiate room chats via Instagram, WhatsApp and Portal smart display. As a host, you can make the room public to your friends, or choose and set limits on who can see and join your room, and can also remove people for violating Facebook rules or lock the room if you do not want more participants. You can start and share rooms on Facebook through News Feed, Groups and Events, so it’s easy for you to drop by whenever you want. You can also share rooms to people who don't have a Facebook account by simply sharing the link with them. How to Create a Facebook Messenger Room Chat Ensure you have the latest version of Facebook and Messenger apps on your device. If not, you can download it form Google Play Store or App Store. Launch the messenger appTap the People tab located at the bottom-right of the screen. Tap Create a Room, and select the people who you want to invite. You can still use Messenger to perform one-on-one calls and video chats or group calls and group video chats just as you could before. When it comes to privacy protection, messenger room doesn't offer the end-to-end encryption, but the company assures users that it will not view or listen to calls made on the platform. 

Facebook hired contractors to transcribe people’s voice messages on Messenger

Facebook is at it again, intruding and violating user’s privacy seems to be what the company is really good at. News is that the company had been paying contractors to listen to and transcribe user’s voice chats on Facebook messenger. The contract employees when queried, claimed they were ordered to transcribe audio messages but were not told where and how the audio was obtained and why they were hired to do so. According to Bloomberg, the company confirmed it had been transcribing users’ audio and said it will no longer do so, following scrutiny into other companies. “Much like Apple and Google, we paused human review of audio more than a week ago,” the company said Tuesday. The company said the users who were affected chose the option in Facebook’s Messenger app to have their voice chats transcribed. The contractors were checking whether Facebook’s artificial intelligence correctly interpreted the messages, which were anonymized. Mark Zuckerberg had previously denied this and called it “conspiracy theory” that his company was collecting audio from users to inform ads or help determine what people see in their news feeds. Now, the company admitted it “only accesses users’ microphone if the user has given the app permission and if they are actively using a specific feature that requires audio (like voice messaging features.). But even with this, we know Facebook never disclosed to users that third parties may review their audio chats.