Facebook adds more live video features

Facebook wants to make it easier to interact with friends who are broadcasting live videos.

On Tuesday, the tech firm said it is testing a new feature that would allow Facebook Live users to chat privately with their friends when they’re streaming a public live video. Facebook plans to make the feature available to more users later this summer.

“With Live Chat With Friends, you can be part of big moments with the wider community but also have the option to participate in personal conversations with the people closest to you, directly within the Live experience,” Facebook product managers Erin Connolly and Fred Beteille wrote in a blog post about the topic.

People comment more than 10 times more on live videos than on regular videos posted on Facebook, the company said.

The company also released a feature on iOS Tuesday called “Live With” that lets users invite friends to a live video. Another video will appear besides the one that is broadcasting.

“Sharing the screen with a friend can make going live more fun and interactive — for both you and your viewers,” the product managers wrote.

The new features are a sign that Facebook’s live video efforts aren’t slowing down anytime soon. At the same time, the tech firm continues to grapple with violence, suicides and other offensive content being streamed in real-time.

Facebook has nearly 2 billion users, but has not disclosed how many people use its live video tool.

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