You’ve done this with friends at a house party, now Facebook is giving us the option to watch videos simultaneously with friends, in different locations. It’s called Watch Party, and it lets people in Facebook groups watch live or recorded videos together while interacting in real time. Starting today, July 25, everyone in a Facebook group can watch clips of whatever they choose together, while not being together.
Sure, it’s better to hang out with people, but this feature is presumably good for faraway friends. According to CNN, anyone in a group can start a Watch Party and designate co-hosts, who control the playlist and playback. Everyone can suggest videos, and a Facebook notification tells them a party is about to start. Users can ask questions, leave comments or add reactions in real time.
Facebook started testing Watch Party in January with the feature being rolled out worldwide on Wednesday, July 25. During testing, Facebook found some groups hosting parties that ran more than 10 hours, with people popping in and out throughout the day. It’s also found that live videos generate an average of six times as many interactions as regular clips.
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