02 January 2019
Facebook is said to be testing a new feature that will let several contacts watch the videos together. This means you and your contacts can talk about a particular video or joke about it just at the same time. Reportedly, this feature is being tested on Messenger and the feature was first spotted in Messenger’s codebase by Ananya Arora, the founder of deadline management app Timebound.
The code discovered writes, “tap to watch together now” and “chat about the same videos at the same time.” Members may be chosen for this watch together feature will be notified that a co-viewing is starting. “Everyone in this chat can control the video and see who’s watching.”
A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed further that this is an “internal test” and that it doesn’t have anything more to offer as of now.
It’s unclear how the video will be shared and or get played in the co-viewing experience. The company may decide to put an entirely new video browsing option into the message composer or Discover tab. Facebook could even partner with YouTube for you to share URLs inside its Messenger app.
By adding the Watch videos together feature, Facebook will make sure that people spend a lot of their time in Messenger. Currently, users use messenger as a chat, voice or video calls app. Facebook Messenger offers a few fun elements already, including new filters, video effects, and so on. The co-viewing experience will offer more ways to the active users to stay for longer.