September 16, 2016
The popular platform, which officially launched last December to all mobile users, is now rolling out slowly to select desktop users. Although there was no official announcement from Facebook, the social network did confirm the roll out to the SocialTimes.
“We’re starting to roll out the ability for people to broadcast live on Facebook from their desktop or laptop,” Facebook said, adding that it is available only to a “small percentage” of users thus far. More people are to receive the feature “in the coming months.”
According to the report, Facebook launched the feature for desktop after receiving numerous requests from vloggers, journalists, and fans of Live video.
Facebook Live will support both peripheral cameras and built-in cameras on laptops.
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.”