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Facebook launches a feature that allows groups to watch videos and live broadcasts together

Facebook has introduced a new feature called Watch Party as part of the company's attempt to keep its users connected in a variety of ways. The new feature allows people in groups to watch live or recorded videos together and interact in real-time. Anyone in the group can use the feature, Facebook says the feature allows families outside the city to watch a graduation video or share holiday videos.

Over the past few months, Facebook has been testing this feature, which allows Facebook groups to host video sharing sessions, where everyone in the group can watch and comment on the same videos at the same time. This feature uses the concept of Facebook Live Using a predefined video list to create a type of custom video channel.

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The company explained how this feature works through a demo video. Using the watch party is like posting anything else on the group wall by adding a caption or an expressive image to attract people's attention and then adding some videos, Wait, to start broadcasting as soon as a few people join.

The video is synchronized to all viewers, giving hosts the ability to render and delay in the video timeline, and you can add more videos while you watch, and viewers can suggest videos, with suggestions in the host feed for approval or not. Each watch party session includes a number of participating hosts, each of whom can add new videos to the queue.

Michael Inouye, a senior analyst at ABI Research, said that Facebook's ongoing efforts with live video can help it compete with Google's YouTube platform and Amazon's Twitch live platform. Twitch has up to 15 million visitors Active daily, more than two million announcers per month.

The feature is currently limited to Facebook groups, but the company says it is testing the feature for pages, but it is not ready yet, noting that the feature currently works with videos hosted on Facebook only, that cannot add clips from YouTube or Twitter, and appears This is related to technical problems, licensing problems, and competition.

"Watching the video together is something people do in real life," says Fidji Simo, vice president of Facebook for the product. "They're watching together, and we see this as another way to connect people. You can watch any kind of videos on Facebook, "The common aspect of watching makes Facebook users more interactive, as 10 people in a group and running Watch Party may attract more than 500 comments.

The social network hopes that the Watch Party will encourage people to spend more time on the platform, but they are opening the door to problems. The issue of a large audience in front of a video and comments can be counterproductive. Live broadcast "Facebook Live" to spread violence, including murder and suicide.

Facebook encourages users to report any offensive or questionable videos, as well as to adopt more sophisticated tools such as artificial intelligence techniques to proactively report violent content.