Facebook brings its own chat live-broadcasts

Sometimes, your old high school acquaintances get on Facebook Live to talk about their side business hawking random crap such as leggings or vitamins. Of course, tune in, and you probably want to use a text at the high school besties to inform them that Donna’s involved in another pyramid scheme.

Now Facebook is making it a lot easier to talk smack in these situations. The social network on Tuesday introduced a new feature called Live Chat With Friends, which allows you to have a private conversation during a public Live broadcast without leaving the interface.

You can invite friends who are already looking to see if anyone who you think would like to vote. You can jump back into the public conversation at any time, should you need to share your thoughts with a larger audience.

“With Live Chat With Friends, you can be part of the great moments with the rest of the community, but also have the opportunity to take part in the personal interviews with the people closest to you, directly in the Live experience,” Facebook Product Managers Erin Connolly and Fred Beteille wrote in a blog post. Facebook says it is currently testing this feature on mobile platforms in various countries,” and plans to roll it out ” more broadly later this summer.”

More From PCmag

  • LeEco Explains Staff, the Scale of US Presence

  • Save 47% on Quad-Core Dell Inspiron 3650 Desktop PC

  • Sweden Lists Itself on Airbnb for Free

  • Instagram Introduces Location, Hashtag Stories

Facebook also last year started with the hiring of public figures go live with a guest, and now extending that feature to all profiles and pages on iOS. Just select someone from the Live Viewers section, or tap on a comment of the person you want to invite. From there, the person you invite can choose to broadcast or not. For more detailed instructions, head here.

“The parts of the screen with a friend can make to go live more fun and interactive — for both you and your viewers,” Connolly and Beteille wrote.

Meanwhile, Facebook as of late has to struggle with a number of disturbing incidents broadcast live on the trail of murders and shootings to sexual assault and teens and tweens live streaming their own suicides. The company has recently promised to add 3,000 people to the community operations team to more quickly assess and respond to notifications.

This article originally appeared on

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular