Facebook is stepping up its messaging game to compete with apps like Zoom.  The new Messenger Rooms feature allows you to add up to 50 people to a video chat whether they have a Facebook account or not.

Users can chat with you from their phone, tablet, or computer.

To start a room, open the Facebook app on your phone and tap the Create Room icon at the top of your feed.

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Or open Messenger and Tap the People icon at the bottom right.

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Then choose Create Room.

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To invite others to join you, click on Share Link. The people you invite don’t need to have a Facebook or Messenger account. They don’t even need a phone. They can join the chat via a computer.

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Share the link via Messenger, text, email, Instagram, or copy and paste to your FB feed or other messaging apps. Remember, people don’t need Facebook or Messenger to join.

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Here’s the invite I received via email.

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When I clicked the link, this opened in my browser. I added a user name.

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Then joined as a guest.

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Up to 50 users can join the room.

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