Facebook now lets you broadcast live video in its Messenger app

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Facebook has added another Snapchat inspired feature to one of its products.

On Thursday, the company announced that users will be able to broadcast live video from the Facebook Messenger app – a feature which is already enjoyed by Snapchat users.

Instant Video lets users shoot real time video in Messenger, the company said in a blog post.

“It’s perfect for sharing quick moments with friends who aren’t right by your side or making your conversations richer by seeing each other face-to-face when you are messaging,” the company said.

Instant Video is available to anyone running the latest version of the Messenger app on Android or iOS.

You can use the new feature by opening up Messenger and tapping on the video icon. Facebook said it has turned the sound off by default but it can be easily turned on via the volume controls on your phone.

“Instant Video is a reflection of the ubiquity of video — we simply expect to have that ability in real-time, all the time,” the company added.

The new feature is similar to one offered by messaging rival Snapchat, the vanishing video messaging service which has proved to be hugely popular with teenagers around the world to share short video clips and images.

In July, Facebook announced that more than one billion people now use Messenger, while the regular Facebook app has over 1.6 billion users worldwide. Whatsapp, which Facebook bought in 2014 for $20 billion, also has over one billion users.

Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook has around 500 million users.

Last month Instagram announced its own Snapchat inspired feature called “Stories” that enables users to post videos and images which eventually vanish from their screens.

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