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Facebook Introduces Watch Party, Will Let Members Of FB Groups Watch Videos Together

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| January 18 , 2018 , 14:01 IST

Facebook is testing a new feature named ‘watch party’ and it plans to roll out to all its users soon.

In a Watch Party, members of a Group can watch videos together in the same space at the same time. The videos will be chosen by the Group admins and moderators, and can be any public videos on Facebook, live or recorded.

Fidji Simo, VP of Product at Facebook wrote in a FB post, “The Watch Party viewing experience is special because of the people you are watching with. We're starting with Groups because one billion people use Facebook Groups every month to connect around their passions and hobbies – from foodies, to dog lovers, to sports enthusiasts, to fans of video creators - and video is a huge part of this interaction. While this is just a small test at the moment, we'll be learning, and hope to expand Watch Party in the future.”

 

To start a Watch Party, group admins select the videos and post it inside the group. When a party is taking place, members will see a Watch Party widget on the group page. As soon as you join, you’ll see the same video everyone else is watching.

Members can look at the queue of videos to see what’s coming up next. If you’re watching the video on a mobile device, group members’ comments appear overlaid on the video. If you’re watching on the desktop, the comments appear on the right side of the video.