Facebook Messenger now lets you add up to 50 people to a video call... like Zoom

And just like Zoom you won’t need to have a Facebook ID to join in

It’s the pandemic and every major platform is upping its video-calling game because of the lockdown (unless you live in Sweden). Facebook too has upped the ante and increased the number of users that can join a video call in Messenger, by introducing Messenger Rooms.

Rooms basically lets you get more people (family, friends or office colleagues) on a group video call than a regular Messenger video call. The golden number here is 50 and that’s not the best part about Messenger Rooms.

The best part is that you don’t need to be a Facebook user with a Facebook ID to join in. Just like Zoom, the host needs to create a call and can then simply share the link to their News Feed or Group. From there, users can simply join using the URL, with or without the need to have the Facebook or Messenger app installed, as it even works through a web browser.

And just like Zoom, there’s 360 degree backgrounds to help you reduce the lockdown blues and 14 camera filters to help you brighten your mug (and possibly the conversation). Also, there’s no limits for video chat sessions that have been scheduled in advance.

Messenger Rooms will be rolling out first to the US in the coming week, which will then be followed by a global roll out.