Facebook is launching a new feature in its Messenger app which will enable users to hold group audio calls with as many as 50 of their Facebook friends.
The new feature was announced on Wednesday in a post by David Marcus, Facebook’s head of Messenger.
“Really excited to announce the global roll out of group calling in Messenger today. From any group conversations, just tap on the phone icon to initiate a group call. You can then manage individual participants on the next screen”, read the post.
“If you have the latest version of Messenger, you should see the phone icon appear in group conversations within the next 24 hours. Give it a try, and as always, let us know how we can make it even better for you!”
The new audio feature will be rolled out to Facebook profiles over the next 24 hours and will enable users to add up to 50 of their friends to a group audio call.
Users will know if the new feature is available on their profile when they see a red phone icon inside one of their chat groups. The audio feature follows on from the group text feature that was introduced to Messenger more than a year ago.
TechCrunch reports that to use the new feature you will need to download the latest version of the Messenger app for Android or iOS. You then just tap on the red phone icon and select the group of friends you would like to chat with. The friends will then be called simultaneously and the group audio call will begin.
Those in the group can see a the name and profile photo of who has joined the conversation or if anyone leaves.
Facebook’s new group calling feature is the latest in a number of things to be introduced to Messenger.
After it revealed at the beginning of the year that Messenger boasts nearly 900 million users, Facebook has recently announced that you can now share Dropbox files from within Messenger.
Earlier this month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg used Facebook’s annual conference to talk about new technology that can be integrated into Messenger, including live video streaming, chat bots and virtual reality technology.