After launching an AR tool that allows you to try on sunglasses in your news feed, Facebook has now announced the launch of Watch Party, a feature that lets people in Facebook Groups watch live or pre-recorded videos together, and chat in real time.
The company first announced and started testing Watch Party in January, and it signifies as Facebook’s continued efforts with live video to compete with Google’s YouTube.
Once a Watch Party is started, participants can watch videos, live or recorded, and interact with one another around them simultaneously, as it’ll help bring people together around video, create connections, and ignite conversations.
In addition, multiple people can “host” the Watch Party, which gives them the ability to choose videos to add, while attendees can suggest videos but not actually play them.
Currently, Watch Parties can only be started within Facebook Groups, with testing undergoing for Pages, and the videos have to be hosted on Facebook only, although they can be live or prerecorded, meaning content from YouTube or other video streaming websites won’t be supported.
For additional details on Watch Party, head over to Facebook.
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