This morning, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that “Community Chats” are coming to Messenger and Facebook Groups. Large Messenger groups can use this feature to categories chats, such as audio and video channels for real-time discussion, admin-only chats for announcements, and event chats. Community Chats, like Discord, are intended to make it easier to keep track of fast-paced conversations involving a large number of people.
“We’re developing Community Chats as a new way to connect with people who share your interests,” wrote Zuckerberg. “Messenger is used by over 1 billion people to communicate with friends, and you’ll soon be able to start Community Chats as well as Facebook Groups from Messenger.”
These chats, like Facebook groups, are intended to extend beyond your immediate friend group — for example, if you’re a woman who enjoys surfing, you might join “Women Who Surf,” as shown in the mock-up image. Because you’ll most likely be interacting with strangers, the product will include moderation tools that allow administrators to remove messages as well as block, mute, or suspend group members. Administrators will be able to set custom criteria for moderation using a “admin assist” feature. For example, if you run a G-rated chat and don’t want people dropping the f-bomb, you can automatically ban users who use that word.
Community Chats can be initiated via Messenger or Facebook Groups. The feature is currently being tested and will be made available to groups in the coming weeks.
Meta has already begun to add features to Messenger that are similar to Slack or Discord. Messenger received the “@everyone” feature in March, which sends a notification to all users in a chat. The /silent command, on the other hand, sends a message without informing the recipient.