Facebook has been busy trying to expand its messanging platforms to allow for more people to video chat at the same time, as users have flocked to rivals like Zoom during the coronavirus lockdowns.
WhatsApp announced that it now lets up to eight people join in on a video and voice call, up from a limit of four previously.
WhatsApp said that the addition reflected the current need as more people are isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Over the last month, people on average are spending over 15bn minutes talking each day on WhatsApp calls, well above a typical day before the pandemic,” said WhatsApp in a blog post.
“And just like written messages, all those calls are protected with end-to-end encryption. We have built group calling in a way that makes it available for as many users as possible, including people on lower-end devices and slow network conditions.”
Meanwhile, Facebook updated its Messenger by launching Rooms recently.