Facebook’s Live Video feature is slowly rolling out to people across the world, having previously been restricted to US users, public figures and verified pages.
International users won’t have long to wait, however, because the social network has confirmed it’s begun rolling out the feature globally. The in-app update was released yesterday and we’ve already had reports of people using Live Video in the UK, Germany, Brazil and South Africa.
Viewers will also be able to subscribe if they like what they see and when you’re done, Facebook automatically saves the post on your timeline so people can watch it later.
The expansion of Live is part of Facebook’s push “to help friends and family feel like they’re in the moment with you”, according to Product Managers Vadim Lavrusik and Thai Tran.
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Live Video was first added for a limited audience back in December. To check whether you have the livestreaming tool, select Update Status at the top of your News Feed and hit the new Live Video icon (it should display a banner notifying you of its existence). You’ll then be able to choose who you want to share your stream with and add a description before broadcasting it to the world.
Facebook expects its iOS rollout to take a couple of weeks but remains quiet on when Live Video will come to Android. All we know is that the company intends to expand the feature “soon.”