We’ve all shared links to videos with our friends before, but if you want to be able to watch a video with your friends at the same time, even if you aren’t in the same room, it looks like Facebook is trying to bring that feature to its Messenger platform. This feature was initiated spotted in the app’s codebase by Ananay Arora.
Facebook has since confirmed to TechCrunch that they are indeed testing out the feature internally, but declined to provide further details. We should point out that this is actually not the first time that Facebook has launched such a feature. Earlier this year the company rolled out a Watch Together feature which offered up similar functionality.
However the downside to that feature was that it was limited to use in Groups, meaning that if you and your friend aren’t in the same group, you can’t watch videos together. However by rolling it out to Messenger, it will allow users to watch videos one-on-one, making it feature available on a wider scale.
At the moment there is no telling how the feature will work. As TechCrunch notes, it is unclear if these videos need to be searched for on Facebook, or if simply dropping a URL to video websites like YouTube or Vimeo will get the job done, but either way we’ll have to wait and see if and when Facebook does eventually launch the feature for the masses.