Facebook is preparing to roll out an update to Portal devices that will allow you to turn off the Watch Together feature during calls in family mode.
The update comes shortly after criticism article In the company’s BuzzFeed News, a kill switch was not included for this feature.
The Watch Together feature allows you to watch shows, music videos or funny clips with distant friends or family members.
And when you choose a video from the company’s recommendations, it’s presented to you simultaneously on your friend’s device and device, whether it’s a phone, tablet, or Portal.
Watching together might be helpful. But it’s clearly not the case for parents who want to keep their kids away from online videos.
And when the Portal is in home mode, it can be accessed by everyone in the house, including children.
The Watch Together feature remains hidden in Home mode. But it appears again during calls. This can be a problem, as kids can grab the device and start a call and start watching videos with others.
There is currently no way to disable the watch together feature during calls in family mode, which leaves parents feeling frustrated. But this is all about to change.
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Facebook plans to release the update in December
In response to a BuzzFeed News report, Andrew Bosworth, Vice President of Facebook Reality Labs wrote, Tweet She says the company is working on this.
Users get the ability to disable Watch Together during calls in home mode in December.
The Portal Go is child-friendly because of its triangular shape, which is small enough to be carried or placed on the floor or on the sofa.
The device features a camera Wide-angle automatically tracks who is in focus, zooming in and out as they move in and out of the center of the frame.
The device does not require a stable power connection, and the company also describes it as a portable Bluetooth speaker with Spotify and Pandora support.
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