Facebook’s products have always been about connecting people. Over the years they were focused on how to help people feel present with one another even if we are not in the same place. Today, video helps most of us bridge the distance. Tomorrow, Facebook will be turning to more immersive platforms like AR and VR.
Lately Facebook has felt the demand for real-time video. Between WhatsApp and Messenger, more than 700 million accounts participate in calls every day. In many countries, video calling on Messenger and WhatsApp more than doubled, and views of Facebook Live and Instagram Live videos increased significantly in March. But there’s more to do to make real-time feel real.
Spending time with each other should be spontaneous, not strained. So to help people feel like they’re together, even when they are — or have to be — physically apart, we’re announcing features across our products that make video chat and live video easier and more natural.