Facebook is testing a new public chat feature for its Messenger app.
Dubbed Rooms, the new Messenger bulletin board-like feature allows users to exchange messages in real-time with other people on a specific topic or theme, even if they are not friends on the app.
Facebook Messenger product manager Drew Moxon told The Courrier Mail Rooms was created to allow like-minded individuals to converse with one another about a particular passion.
“Group chats today are focused on people you know — friends and family — and what we’ve found by talking to users is there’s a lot of need for conversations about specific topics,” Moxon told the publication. “This will be for topic-based conversations and so people can talk with others they may not know.”
A room, for instance, could be set up for public conversations about an election, a sports team or a new piece of technology. Rooms can be left completely open or can be made private, meaning users must receive approval from an administrator before participating.
Rooms is currently being tested with Android users in Canada and Australia.
Facebook launched something similar back in 2014, also known as Rooms. The anonymous app was a feed of photos, videos, and text all centered around one particular topic or theme.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.
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