Facebook announced a Messenger update, which will now allow users to share video at 360 degrees and HD quality videos.
In both cases, the company emphasizes that you will need to capture photos or videos outside of the Messenger app. The update followed another that took place last fall, allowing users to share high resolution files through Messenger – something that Facebook said was a result of its significant investments to help people “communicate with the eye.”
Unfortunately for Facebook, news on improved media sharing capabilities comes at a time when the company is accused of misusing user data and, finally, another finding that Facebook had saved videos that users believed were hiding. The wider effect of this news story about Facebook’s approach to privacy is a growing mistrust of Facebook’s products.
Facebook says that if you want to share a 360-degree photo, you’ll first need to do it on your device or another app before uploading it to Messenger. Similarly, HD videos will need to be first captured by the phone, or reallocated from Facebook News Feed or other messages.
This new feature is limited to currently selected markets including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, MB and US for iOS and Android. However, 360 photos are available all over the world on iOS and Android.