Group Video Sessions Come to Facebook

Group Video Sessions Come to Facebook
Facebook has made its shared video streaming feature available to all Facebook Groups with Watch Parties.

(CCM) — Facebook has announced in a blog post the global rollout of its "Watch Party" feature to all Groups. The feature will now allow Group administrators to host "parties" for their group's members during which participants can watch a queue of live or recorded videos and engage with one another around them simultaneously via likes and comments.

The rollout follows the several months-long testing phase for which Facebook made the option available to a select number of Groups. This resulted in the addition of the co-hosting and crowdsourcing features, respectively allowing Watch Party hosts to designate other users who can control the video queue and anyone in a Watch Party to suggest videos for the host to add to the queue.

Facebook has already seen Watch Parties used in a number of ways, including for hosting hobby-related Q&As, sharing the behind the scenes details of a video, trading DIY tips and tricks, and hosting real-time makeup tutorials. According to product manager Erin Connolly, Facebook has the goal of "building new ways to bring people together around video, create connections, and ignite conversations; Watch Party is the next step in bringing this vision to life."

In the future, Facebook hopes to add to the feature the ability to start Watch Parties with friends outside of Groups as well as the integration of the Watch Parties feature for Pages.

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