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Facebook introduces video-calling to Messenger

Add-on aimed at growing user base to social media platform levels

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Facebook yesterday launched a free video-call feature within its Messenger app in a bid to flesh out the service and make its user base as formidable as the company's social media platform, Reuters reported.

Facebook users now number over 1.4bn and Messenger has 500m, with Facebook's acquired WhatsApp on 700m, according to March 2015 figures from Statista. Reuters puts Messenger users at 600m.

Microsoft's Skype, Apple's FaceTime and Google's Hangouts all deliver video calls through Internet connectivity. Such services are popular with consumers because calls are free when connected to Wi-Fi.

WhatsApp earlier this year introduced a voice component to its service, which was blocked in the UAE. Telecoms operator du in early April said it took the step in compliance with TRA regulations that allow only UAE-licensed operators to deliver VoIP services.