Facebook will soon allow musicians to charge viewers to watch live streamed concerts
28.04.2020

Facebook will soon allow musicians to charge viewers to watch live streamed concerts

Words by Kate Streader

The social media platform is rolling out a bunch of new features for video calls and live streaming.

With many musicians turning to live streaming as a means of performing for fans, Facebook is introducing a whole heap of new updates for its live functions across both Facebook and Instagram.

The social media platform plans to introduce a way of allowing artists to charge for access to live streams so that those using the platform to perform in a professional capacity can receive compensation. Facebook will also allow users to add a ‘Donate’ button to live streams wherever not-for-profit fundraisers are available.

Facebook is also jumping on the video conference bandwagon with its new Messenger Rooms function. Unlike other popular platforms such as Zoom, Messenger Rooms will have no time limits and allow up to 50 people per call.

Over on Instagram, you’ll now be able to watch and comment on live videos from your desktop.

“While we’re all at home, by definition, we’re not mobile,” said Mark Zuckerberg in a video announcing the new updates. “We’re still using our phones, but we’re also using our computers and bigger screens more and, in a lot of ways, that can be a better experience.”

Instagram Live stories will also be able to be added to IGTV so that viewers can still watch them after the 24-hour window is up.

Check out Zuckerberg’s announcement for the new Facebook and Instagram updates below.

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