Facebook Adds The Option To Allow Artists to Charge For Access to Live Streams

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Since anyone and everyone related to the music industry has been suffering financially due to COVID-19, Facebook is trying to help by allowing creators to find another income stream using their platform.

While numerous live streams have been partnering with causes and organizations to encourage donations, now Facebook will allow creators and artists to charge for access to live streams as well.

An official statement from Facebook said, “You’ll be able to mark Facebook Events as online only and, in the coming weeks, integrate Facebook Live so you can broadcast to your guests. To support creators and small businesses, we plan to add the ability for Pages to charge for access to events with Live videos on Facebook – anything from online performances to classes to professional conferences.”

Another cool feature Facebook is adding to their live streams is the ability to go live with another person, similar to how Instagram already allows. ‘Live With’ allows you to bring on a guest speaker, interview an expert, or perform with a friend. You can also run a fundraiser along with live-videos. To help raise money for causes, you can now add the donate button to live videos wherever nonprofit fundraisers are available.

Facebook also added some Zoom-like features with Messenger Rooms. The aim is to create a room right from Messenger or Facebook and invite anyone to join your video call, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. Rooms will soon hold up to 50 people with no time limit. When you create a room, you choose who can see and join it. You can remove people from the call and lock a room if you don’t want anyone else to enter.

In addition to this Facebook also is launching an exhaustive amount of updates to Instagram, Whatsapp, and more as well. Instagram live videos which one can currently save onto their profiles only for 24 hrs, will now allow the option to save on IGTV so they don’t expire.

While we don’t know exactly when a lot of these features will go live, Facebook wants us to know they’re definitely in the works and coming very soon.

Read all the details of the new features coming soon here.

H/T: The Verge

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