Facebook’s Live video feature is still in its early stages of development, according to the company’s chief technology officer, Dr. Brian Goldfarb.
The video service was launched in 2009, but its popularity grew exponentially in recent years, with more than 30 million users watching over 250 million videos in 2016.
Today, Goldfarbs remarks at the Facebook Live Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, reveal that the feature is not yet ready for prime time, which is why the company will continue to build it.
Goldfarb did say, however, that the company is actively working on improving the feature, and he also announced that it will launch a new feature for Live video called “instagram” this summer.
This marks the third major update to Facebook Live in the past six months, after it launched a video search feature in 2016 and revamped its Instagram feature in 2017.
Facebook also announced a new video feature for the news feed in 2018.
As part of the new video platform, Facebook will also integrate with Instagram, a service that is expected to have a huge impact on the video platform’s growth, with the video service seeing an estimated 250 million monthly active users in 2018 alone.
Facebook Live will also continue to be developed by Facebook and its partners, and it will be used by developers to stream live video, according the company.
Goldfarth told the audience at the conference that the social video platform was built to be “an easy way for people to find their friends, friends to find friends, people to see people, people in the room to see friends, and then a little video of a friend who has something to say.”
The Live video service will eventually be able to do things like add a timeline and upload videos and video clips, but it will not be able at the moment to do so for users to “share the video,” Goldfarh explained.
Goldfield, who has been with Facebook since 2006, also noted that the Live video tool is not the “gold standard” for video content, which means it is not an “every day feature,” according to him.
He also said that “there is a lot of work” to be done before Live video is a “perfect” video service.
“It’s a work-in-progress,” he said.
GoldFarb also reiterated that Facebook will be working on the Live platform’s video features, adding that the team is also working on an “instruction book” for developers to get started building on the feature.
In addition, Goldfarth said the Live team is working to improve the video experience for users.
He also said Facebook is working on a new way to share videos and videos clips, and will release that feature in the next few months.