It may not be as popular as WhatsApp, but Facebook’s own Messenger is still used by billions of people across the globe to chat with each other. The platform/app has numerous features, including everything from chatbots to instant games. And if a new report is any indication, Messenger may get another new functionality soon.
A developer named Ananay Arora recently spotted some interesting information in Messenger’s code, hinting that the instant messaging platform may soon allow users to watch videos together with their friends. According to the code snippets shared by Arora on Twitter (see tweet embedded below), the new feature will also let users chat with each other regarding the video they are watching together. The lines “Everyone in this chat can control the video and who’s watching” and “Group members will be notified when you’re watching a video in the chat and can see..” are pretty much self-explanatory, and hint at how the feature will work among between different Messenger users.
— Ananay Arora (@ananay_arora) November 14, 2018
Interestingly, Facebook already has a ‘Watch Party’ feature, which it launched earlier this year.
As the name suggests, it lets users watch videos hosted on Facebook together, synchronizing streams for all the viewers. ‘Watch Party’ also lets the viewers react and comment on the video(s) they are watching.
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According to information relayed to Tech Crunch by Facebook, the company has called the feature as an ‘internal test’. This doesn’t give any information as to when (if ever) Messenger will get the functionality to watch videos together, but it’s clear that the functionality for the same exists.