Facebook introduces new Messenger safeguard aimed at combating scams and fake friends

Instagram Gets Messenger Rooms Integration to Enable Group Video Chats

Instagram Gets Messenger Rooms Integration to Enable Group Video Chats

After bringing Messenger Rooms integration to WhatsApp beta, the company is now bringing Messenger Rooms integration to Instagram as well.

According to the social media giant, the feature will act together with the addition of an end-to-end encryption on the platform, which is likely where leveraging machine learning comes in to detect the anomalies and prevent human operators from having to view sensitive information. With this, up to 50 people can group video chat even if they don't have Facebook accounts. To start a video chat with your friends on Instagram, simply open your messages, tap the video chat icon (shown in the video above), then select the new "Create a Room" option.

The feature was rolled out last week to Facebook users, so if you haven't seen it yet, be sure to be using an up-to-date version of Facebook. Despite the entire set-up happening from the Instagram app, entering the video chat redirects to Facebook's Messenger app, which is required.

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The feature is in line with Facebook's effort to protect users from scammers and pseudo accounts who steal other users' online identity, as well as protecting minors who are the most vulnerable. You can send invite links to your friends and family, and anyone with the link can join regardless of whether they have a Facebook account or not.

Instagram didn't comment on the rollout timeframe for the new feature, and we can confirm it doesn't look to be available in the United Kingdom just yet, so keep your eyes peeled for a potential update or a server-side change to the app.

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