Facebook Testing Community Chats In Messenger App

Meta is testing a new discord-like community chats feature for Facebook groups, with users being able to create and access them via the Messenger app.

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Sat Sep 17, 2022 - 05:45

Facebook Community Chats In Testing

Discord Like Chat For Groups In Messenger

Meta has been trying to diversify its offerings to appeal to a wider base of users from all corners of the internet. Towards this end, they have famously acquired and even notoriously copied most of their competition. The latest instance of this kind of behaviour comes in the form of the, now in testing, community chats feature.

Facebook Messenger Update

Reportedly accessible through the beta version of the Messenger app, this new feature brings a Discord-like server/chat experience to the messenger app, where users can now create and add people to new community chats. This is essentially their way of blending in the archaic Facebook Groups with modern Messenger aesthetics in hopes of preventing people from migrating to the more popular services out there.

Admins will have complete control of these new Chats, and they will be able to start conversations about any topic and get direct responses from select users instead of waiting for traditional comments and likes. Users participating in these real-time conversations will be able to use text, audio and video to communicate their thoughts effortlessly.

Depending on the topic at hand, admins will be able to organize these special chats into various categories, so hopefully, the layout will be a little less chaotic than Discord itself. Of course, admins can always disable user input and use these community chats as strict broadcast-type bulletin boards. Similarly, users can also create audio channels to communicate together while playing games and/or browsing other media, something that Discord is famously used for by most users.

As you can see, the company is doing everything in their power to develop the messenger into something beyond just a chat app. Only time will tell if these measures will prevent the steady decline of users from Facebook and other legacy social media platforms. Let us see how long it takes for them to actually make this accessible for the majority of their user base.


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