Now, Rooms is becoming available to a wider audience: Australia and Canada. According to Facebook’s explanation of Rooms at launch, as reported by The Courier Mail, the feature is different from group chats because it’s focused on chatting around specific topics with people you may or may not know.
These countries are often places where the social network trials new products because of their English-speaking user bases, before rolling out the feature to the U. Group chats, meanwhile, are only generally joined by family and friends you do know.
Facebook confirmed to us the Rooms feature has just begun rolling out to Australian and Canadian users.
However, users will be able to set Rooms to private, and only allow those to join when they are approved by an administrator.
This could work well as an add-on for things like larger Facebook groups, where not all the members are also Facebook friends. But it could also help connect people around subjects they want to discuss via messaging, instead of the more formal structure of a Facebook group.
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