Yesterday, Facebook has released a new update, but what’s special about it is that it brings changes to its live video streaming feature which was added to the Android version back in February 2016.
First of all, Facebook Live will be available for members of Groups or Events, which means that from now on, not only individual accounts will be able to start a live broadcast from their personal Timeline. So, if you can’t make it to a birthday party, the person who celebrates his/her birthday can use Events to schedule live Q&A session, so you’ll watch live how your friends are having fun.
Live Reactions is another new feature that users will love, because with it they’ll express their feelings while watching a live broadcast in real time. A few months ago, Facebook has rolled out the same reactions in its News Feed, and they are for sending Love, Wow, Sad, Haha or Angry emoticons.
Facebook has explained that “Live Reactions appear in real time and disappear quickly so broadcasters and other viewers can get a sense of how people are feeling at different points during the live video – it’s like hearing the crowd applaud and cheer. When your friend reacts to your video or to a video you are both watching together you’ll see their profile pic and a little starburst before their reaction appears.”
Facebook has introduced a similar feature that Periscope is offering, and even if it doesn’t have a name yet, its role is to allow users to replay comments as they happened when they’re watching a video at a later time.
Finally, Live Filters has been added to the video streaming feature, and with it, users will be able to draw or doodle on their video when they’re live.
All these new options will be rolled out to the iOS version, as well.