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Facebook Launches Public Group Chat


Facebook is rolling out a test version of a public group chat feature called Messenger Rooms, available on Android devices in Australia and Canada.

The feature has been rumored for some time, though it was thought Facebook had killed the idea following an unsuccessful trial with its Rooms app in 2014. Leaked code suggests this new feature is similar to but not quite like Rooms – all you have to do now is create (or search for) a room around a given topic from inside the Messenger app. After that, anyone can join. People worried about an influx of trolls needn’t worry, you can simply require approval for new participants.

It’s not yet know when, or even if, Messenger Rooms will make it to the US, UK and other countries. However, given the fact that Facebook has publicly announced the feature to Australian newspapers, something that it doesn’t usually do, we think that we might see this in other regions relatively soon.

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