Facebook began testing live video by users in December, and the social network announced Thursday that the feature has been rolled out to all iPhone users in the U.S.
Product manager Vadim Lavrusik made the announcement in a Newsroom post, saying that it will be extended to other areas globally “over the coming weeks,” and adding that bringing live video to Android users is in the works, as well.
Lavrusik said live videos from friends and public figures followed by users will appear in users’ News Feeds, adding that users can tap the subscribe button while viewing live videos to receive notifications when those friends or public figures broadcast more live videos.
To share live video, tap on update status and then select the live video icon. You can write a quick description and choose the audience that you want to share with before going live. During your broadcast, you’ll see the number of live viewers, the names of friends who are tuning in and a real-time stream of comments. When you end your broadcast, it will be saved on your Timeline like any other video, which you can then delete or keep for your friends to watch later.
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