Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has confirmed the rollout of the Facebook Live Video feature on desktop browsers.
Demand for Facebook Live Video Desktop
Accordingly, the heightened demand from vloggers, journalists, and other online video producers has led to the company’s decision to bring the Facebook Live Video feature on desktop. Both a peripheral camera and a built-in laptop camera works with the feature.
Currently, it is only available to select users but Facebook has promised that a wider rollout reaching other users is underway.
Public Chat Rooms on Facebook Messenger
Latest rumors suggest that Facebook has created an unlaunched Facebook Messenger feature, Rooms. Accordingly, it allows users to publicly discuss various topics.
The references to Rooms, which even explain how the feature works, are buried deep in the iOS source code of Facebook Messenger. The said source code indicates that every public chat room has a unique link that can be shared to any user, enabling them to join the discussion.
The purported feature is reminiscent of the company’s Rooms app, which had a short-lived existence around 2014 to 2015. The now-defunct app had used to enable users join public chat rooms depending on their interests.
The social networking giant has neither confirmed nor denied the speculated unlaunched Facebook Messenger feature. Facebook has only reiterated that it usually runs small tests.
Facebook Trending Topics Enhancement
The company is also said to be working on improving its Trending Topics technology after hoax stories have wrongfully appeared in the list. Adam Mosseri, Facebook Head of News Feed, has explained that the same technology that was recently launched on News Feed will be employed on Trending Topics.
Facebook’s Trending Topics algorithms have been the subject of scrutiny for months now. Accordingly, the editors curating the topics are restraining conservative news from the list. As a result, Facebook has decided to remove human interference in the process of contextualizing Trending Topics, fully leaving the job to its algorithms.
However, this curator-less system has become critically problematic, showing hoax stories that easily spread on Facebook. Just recently, a fake news about the 9/11 tragedy made it to Trending Topics. Mosseri, on the other hand, has argued that the lack of news curators on board must not be blamed for the recent mistakes.
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