Facebook Messenger now lets you host group video chats. It’s been a long time coming.
To get started, simply start a video call in a group conversation, or create a new one. You can also ping people directly if they’re not responding to the group call.
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If there are six people or less you have the option to either view all participants’ video at once or use a Hangouts-like carousel that highlights the active speaker. Once you go beyond six, Messenger will default to the latter. You can have a max of 50 participants.
The company has been rapidly adding feature to its platform of late, not the least of which was a whole revamping of its camera (read: one-upping Snapchat). It’s a much more powerful chat app than it was just a few months ago.