Facebook Launches ‘Rooms’ App for Anonymous Chat

By Tim Maytom

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Having recently faced criticism for eliminating the option to use a pseudonym on its social network, Facebook has unveiled a new chat app that will enable users to connect anonymously with strangers who share interests.

The Rooms app, currently only available on iPhones, enables users to create private chat boards to discuss particular topics, share photos and links, and invite others based on common interests. Unlike Facebook, it doesn’t require your real name, or track your geographical location, harkening back to the chatrooms of the early internet. Identities can even be changed from ‘room’ to ‘room’.

Early users have already created ‘rooms’ based on topics as diverse as beat boxing, parkour and photos of home-cooked meals. Facebook highlighted the ‘Kicks From Above’ room, which showcased photographs of trainers taken in interesting places.

The rooms are designed to be customisable, with aspects such as cover photos, dominant colours, text style and even the emoji for the ‘like’ button able to be changed.

“One of the things our team loves most about the internet is its potential to let us be whoever we want to be,” said Facebook in a blog post announcing the app. “It doesn’t matter where you live, what …read more

Source:: Mobile App News