This is different from video calls, which have been available in Messenger since 2015. The latest feature is for those times when you don’t necessarily want to make a full-fledged video call, but find that a photo or text won’t do. Maybe you’re walking by a prolific street performer and want to share a video with a friend you’re texting, or share a baby giggle with your partner.
To send instant video, both you and the recipient have to have Messenger open. Tap on the video icon to start sharing real-time video. Earlier in July, Facebook Messenger had revealed to have crossed the one-billion- active-user mark. The app joined the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook, both owned by Facebook. Facebook had thanked their billion users in a blog post, and commemorated the milestone with a special emoji and a video.