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December 3, 2015

Facebook Testing Live-Streaming Video With Some U.S. Users

Facebook today is beginning to open up its live-streaming video feature to regular joes and janes.

The move comes five months after the social networking site launched the tool for verified public figures including actors, athletes, musicians and politicians.

Facebook live video 2“Today we’re beginning to test the ability for people to share live video on Facebook, starting with a small percentage of people in the US on iPhones,” Facebook product managers Vadim Lavrusik and Thai Tran wrote in a blog post.

“Live lets you show the people you care about what you’re seeing in real time — whether you’re visiting a new place, cooking your favorite recipe, or just want to share some thoughts. No matter where you are, Live lets you bring your friends and family right next to you to experience what’s happening together.”

To share a live video, a user simply taps on Update Status and then the Live Video icon. He or she can then write a short description and choose an audience to share it with before going live.

During a live broadcast users can see the number of viewers, the names of friends tuning in and a real-time stream of comments. At the end of the broadcast, it will be saved to the user’s Timeline. The user can chose to delete it immediately or keep it for friends to watch later.

“You can discover live videos from your friends and public figures you follow right in News Feed,” the post reads. “While watching a live video, you can tap the Subscribe button to get notified the next time the broadcaster goes live.”

Facebook did not say when the feature would launch for all users.



Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.