If you once used 2go messenger you'll remember how rooms work. Messenger Rooms is basically a public chat room on whatever topic the creator wants to make the room about. Think of it like 2go rooms but capped at 250 participants (for now). Rooms can be private as well as public, and Facebook reserves the right to boot any undesirables out if they start playing up, because this is the internet after all.
The feature is designed to avoid bothering your friends with topics they have no interest in, according to Facebook Messenger product manager Drew Moxon:
“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.[Rooms] will be for topic-based conversations and so people can talk with others they may not know.”
Messenger Rooms are currently being tested out in Canada and Australia, hopefully, if all goes well the feature should roll out globally soon. Messenger Rooms were rumored to be on the way a couple of months ago, but this is the fist time the feature is active.
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