TechCrunch: Facebook Groups can now launch up to 250-person chat rooms

TechCrunch: Facebook Groups can now launch up to 250-person chat rooms. “If you miss the old AOL chat rooms, you’ll love Facebook’s plan to combine Groups and Messenger without spamming you to death. Starting today, Facebook will gradually roll out the ability for members of Facebook Groups to launch group chats about specific sub-topics that up to 250 members can join.”

Neowin: WhatsApp launches group calling for voice and video

Neowin: WhatsApp launches group calling for voice and video. “If you use WhatsApp, starting today, you’ll be able to make group video and voice calls. The feature was first announced at Facebook’s developer conference, F8, with no real details given about it. Now we have a better understanding of the functionality, including that it offers enhanced security and promises reliability on weaker connections.”

Digital Trends: Hang out via video chat, then tag friends in Stories with Snapchat’s new tools

Digital Trends: Hang out via video chat, then tag friends in Stories with Snapchat’s new tools. “Snapchat is pushing to become the most popular virtual hangout destination. On Tuesday, April 3, Snapchat announced new group video chats. The tool allows up to 16 friends to join in and chat via video. The announcement comes alongside a wider rollout of the previously tested mention that allow users to tag another Snapchatter.”

CBR: Facebook launches open source group chat encryption tool

CBR: Facebook launches open source group chat encryption tool . “Facebook has made a new tool available via GitHub that allows users to apply encryption to their social media group chats. Named the Asynchronous Ratcheting Tree, the open source tool is designed to enhance the security of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and the Signal App among others. In the event of a security breach, the tool would work to re-establish security, instead of simply leaving the entry point open for a hacker to return to in future.”

The Verge: Facebook is building a Houseparty clone for live group video chat

The Verge: Facebook is building a Houseparty clone for live group video chat. “Facebook is building a standalone app that incorporates ideas from Houseparty, the group video chat app that rose from the ashes of Meerkat, The Verge has learned. The app, which has the working name Bonfire, was recently demonstrated for employees. It is being targeted for a fall release, according to a person familiar with the matter. “