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Facebook Video Calling

Forrest Stroud
Last Updated May 24, 2021 7:42 am

A free service powered by Skype that enables Facebook users to conduct one-to-one video chats with other users. There are no setup or additional software needed beyond installing a small Skype plug-in the first time the feature is used.

With the debut of Facebook Video Calling new buttons were added to the Facebook interface to make it quick and simple to initiate video calls with Facebook friends. Facebook Video Calling has also been integrated with the instant message-based Facebook Chat service.

Related definitions: Videoconferencing, video chat, Google Hangouts, Facebook Chat, FaceTime

Facebook Video Calling competes in the video chat category with Google Hangouts and Apple’s FaceTime as well as with standalone video chat software from companies like Skype and ooVoo. Unlike Google Hangouts, Facebook Video Calling doesn’t currently support group video chats.