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New Facebook Messenger trick will make group calls fun; here is how to use it

With Group Effects, Facebook Messenger users can play multiplayer interactions with their friends, which would make video calls a shared experience.
With Group Effects, Facebook Messenger users can play multiplayer interactions with their friends, which would make video calls a shared experience. (Facebook)

Facebook has announced that it is bringing Group Effects to group video calls in Facebook Messenger and in Messenger Rooms.

Group video calls on platforms such as Facebook Messenger have helped family and friends stay connected from afar during the Covid-19 pandemic. But during the past two years, group video calls have been more of a routine for all of us, which in turn has made them a bit boring. To turn group video calls interesting again, Facebook has rolled out a new feature called Facebook Messenger Group Effects.

Facebook has announced that it is bringing Group Effects to group video calls in Facebook Messenger and in Messenger Rooms. It also said that it will soon be bringing this feature to Instagram.

What are Facebook Messenger Group Effects?

Now the question is: what is Group Effects? As Facebook explains it, “Group Effects are new AR experiences that can augment everyone on a video call at the same time, enabling a more fun and immersive way to connect with friends and family.” “Whether you want to step up your competitive game or have fun with your long-distance friend, Group Effects makes video calls more entertaining,” the company added.

What all things can Facebook Messenger users do with Group Effects?

Facebook said that with Group Effects, Messenger users can play multiplayer interactions with their friends, which would make video calls a shared experience. The company said that users will be able to choose from a library of over 70 Group Effects, ranging from a game where they compete to build the best burger to an effect with a cute orange cat that enters everyone’s screens.

Group Effects will also enable creators to bring their creative ideas to the Messenger video calling experience. “We’re excited to see how creators, like Ross Wakefield who designed the “Blow the Dandelion” effect, expand their creativity with Group Effects,” the company added.

How can you use Facebook Messenger’s Group Effects?

To use Group Effects, start a video call or create a room in your Messenger app, tap the smiley face to open the effects tray and select Group Effects.

Facebook also said that at the end of this month, it will expand the access to the new Spark AR Multipeer API to let more creators and developers build Group Effects.

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