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Facebook takes on Periscope, launches Live Video streaming for iPhone users in the US

Facebook has rolled out an update for iPhone users that enables them to live stream videos on the social media website.  The feature was rolled out in the US on Thursday and would be extended in o

  • Published: January 29, 2016 1:59 PM IST
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Facebook has rolled out an update for iPhone users that enables them to live stream videos on the social media website.  Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!

The feature was rolled out in the US on Thursday and would be extended in other countries in the coming weeks, MIT Technology Review reported. Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?

The Thursday’s announcement comes after a month the social media website said it was testing a feature that enables users to live-stream videos on phones. Currently popular apps, like Meerkat and Twitter-owned Periscope are leading the way in this space. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg

For the feature to work, the user has to update status in the Facebook app and touch a little icon at the bottom of the window that lets the user write a description of the video and decide who he/she want to be able to see it. Then, the user hit “Go Live” and it starts recording.

As soon as the video is live, the user will be notified about who is watching it. People can also add comments while streaming. The video is then saved to user’s timeline. Facebook’s decision to enable live streaming for iPhone users (and, presumably, eventually those on Android as well) makes a ton of sense, the report said.

Facebook during its quarterly earnings call on Wednesday said that its users watch 100 million hours of video each day, and that 500 million people watch video daily on the social network. Facebook’s this move aims to take advantage of its mobile reach and get more people to spend more time on the social website.

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  • Published Date: January 29, 2016 1:59 PM IST



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