Facebook Launches New Live Streaming Features Amid Soaring Demand

Facebook experts are working to create new features that can make it easier for users to access online broadcasts - even without registering with Facebook. The surge in interest in this area is associated with the sharply increased demand for "live" video in the wake of the pandemic.

From now on, unregistered users will be able to watch live broadcasts not only on stationary computers, but also on mobile devices. This feature is already available for owners of Android devices, and will appear on iOS "in the coming weeks".

Facebook is also adding new features that will give live streamers the ability to connect with those without a smartphone or access to reliable mobile traffic.

This service, called "Public Switch Telephone Network" will give everyone the opportunity to listen to live broadcasts on a toll-free number, similar to connecting to a conference call. Also, Facebook Live will receive a new "audio only" mode, through which participants can listen to the broadcast without watching the accompanying video.

All of these features should help Facebook cope with the unprecedented growth in demand for its services caused by the coronavirus pandemic.