Facebook Live Getting Two-Person Remote Broadcasts, Pre-Scheduled Streams, MSQRD Masks/Effects

Facebook used VidCon in Anaheim, Calif., to announce three upcoming updates to its Facebook Live live-video-streaming feature.

Facebook used VidCon in Anaheim, Calif., to announce three upcoming updates to its Facebook Live live-video-streaming feature.

The social network said in an email to SocialTimes that it will soon debut two-person remote broadcasts, prescheduled streams and the addition of masks and effects from recent acquisition MSQRD.

Facebook will add the ability for Facebook Live users to add a second participant in a different location to their streams, with verified pages getting the first crack at this new feature later this summer, and other users to follow. Potential uses for this feature, as suggested by Facebook, include interviews, debates, duets and collaborations.

Facebook Live users will also be able to pre-schedule their live streams and create waiting rooms for friends and followers to “gather” in prior to the start of those streams, which will give Facebook Live users a better shot of starting their streams with a full audience, rather than waiting for friends and followers to join midstream. This feature will also initially be rolled out to verified pages before being made available more widely.

Finally, MSQRD users will be able to go directly to Facebook live via the MSQRD application, allowing them to sample masks and effects from MSQRD during their live streams. The app’s users will be able to select their audiences from MSQRD (e.g., friends or public), along with the first mask you want to try, before starting their live videos, and they can change masks while broadcasting.

Readers: What are your thoughts on the updates that are coming to Facebook Live?

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.