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Exclusive: Facebook Live is getting a cool new feature [Updated]

Exclusive: Facebook Live is getting a cool new feature [Updated]
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According to a reliable source we spoke to this morning, Facebook is set to begin a phased rollout of a new feature that allows for two-person broadcasts on Live.

Originally announced at VidCon back in June, we’re now told the feature should make its way to users on Monday. The initial rollout is said to be available to public figures using the Facebook Mentions app on iOS via a verified profile or Page. The feature will require both accounts to be verified and use the Mentions app on iOS to go live.

All other brands (non-verified users) in the US are said to be getting the feature in September. By October or November it should start to hit worldwide brands. Expect it to start trickling down to personal profiles around that time as well.

According to a Facebook spokesperson:

In June, we announced that we would soon enable people using Facebook Live to invite another person on Facebook to join their live video, broadcasting together and sharing the screen. We are now starting to roll out this new capability, starting with a small number of public figures and Pages. In the coming months, we will continue to make this more broadly available to people, public figures, and Pages using Facebook Live. We believe this will make broadcasts more fun and interactive and open up new possibilities for Live.

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