Facebook adds video calling: CNET News Video
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The world's largest social network finally adds a person-to-person video calling feature, as well as group text chat. Rafe Needleman gets the demo from Facebook execs.
-Bye Donna, see you later. -So, this is about the world's largest and best social network and now the world's easiest one click way to get connected by video to the ones you care about. It's Facebook video calling and it's rolling out today. Thank you. -So, there you have it, Facebook today announces a deal with Skype to bring point-to-point video calling to all Facebook users as well as a new group chat feature, and a redesigned chat interface. So, it's Facebook to Facebook only. -Facebook to Facebook only for today, although you heard Mark and Tony talk a lot today about the future of our relationship with these companies and these are companies that are gonna continue to have a long term partnership and continue to work together and do more and more integration for the technologies. -So, first thing we'll demo is video calling. You can get to it first by navigating to someone's profile and right here in the top right you see call right next to message and pop. So, you can call and initiate the video chat that way or you can also do it through the new side bar by simply just clicking on their name and it brings up the traditional chat menu. I'm gonna actually give Donna a call now. I'm just waiting for her to answer, and then while it's loading then it will show you first and then it shows the other person. Hey Donna, say hi. -Finally, Facebook has had to deal with a lot of privacy issues. How was that reflected in what you've learned about privacy as reflected in this feature? -Yeah absolutely, video calling is for friend to friend communication only. So, you can't anyone who's not a friend. That's a strong level of control and it's the same control we get people around chatting. Of course, you can always set yourself to offline and you can always ignore any call that comes in. -Okay. -No recording and no location tracking attached to this. -As a consequence to this being a peer-to-peer technology, you know, the conversation actually really just happening between you and your friend. It's not even passing through our servers. -For more on this as well as a full review of the new features, go to cnet.com for the rundown. I'm Rick Needleman from CNET.