Facebook is reportedly working a new feature that will allow users to post live videos directly from the in-app camera. At the moment, the Live option appears in the status update box along with photo and check-in.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook has confirmed the new feature is currently being tested as a pilot version and hasn't been rolled out to all users. The updated version of Facebook camera will feature Live along with options like normal, GIF.
Live streaming on Facebook was introduced back in 2015, initially only for public figures and celebrities. However, it later rolled out to regular Facebook users via the company's iOS and Android applications, and, at the beginning of this year, to the desktop.
With the growing popularity of podcasts, Facebook later also added a Live Audio feature, designed largely for publishers and authors, who use it for things like news radio-like shows, book readings, and other audio-only broadcasts.
For users who have availed the updated version of Facebook Camera, there are different functions appearing across the top of the screen, such as Live, Normal, and GIF.
On the Live tab, users can tap on an icon of a video camera to live stream video, or tap on a microphone icon to just stream the audio.
The new feature also offers users the option to go live in their Facebook Story, if he/she does not wish to share the clip as a regular Facebook post. However, enthusiastic social media buffs have the option to share the audio or video clip as a Facebook story as well as a live update, simultaneously.