Messenger is rolling out group video chatting, the company announced Monday. The app will support video for up to six different users at once.
This idea plays into a larger push Facebook is making around visual communication — that is, sharing more photos and videos. On the company's last earnings call in November, CEO Mark Zuckerberg hinted that text-based communication would soon take a back seat to more visual options.
"In most social apps today, a text box is still the default way we share," Zuckerberg said on the call. "Soon, we believe a camera will be the main way that we share."
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Enter group video chats.
The new feature is less-than-stellar news for a handful of video messaging apps currently attracting attention from Silicon Valley's venture capital community.
Most notable in this space is probably Houseparty, a group messaging app from the same company that built livestreaming app Meerkat. Houseparty seems to have some momentum, and just raised $50 million from Sequoia Capital (among others). But Facebook was a big reason Meerkat abandoned livestreaming, and now Facebook is encroaching on the company's turf once again.
The update will start rolling out to iOS and Android users worldwide beginning Monday.