This morning, Facebook began rolling out group chat for its Messenger app, the messaging service it runs that is not WhatsApp.
Up to 6 people can video chat at the same time while up to 50 people can talk over voice and text. If the grid-based layout of Messenger’s group-video setup looks familiar to you, that might be because of its striking resemblance to Houseparty, the popular app that took off earlier this year.
In addition to group-chat improvements, Messenger also rolled out other features last week: holiday-themed geofilters and virtual face masks. If you’ve used Snapchat, you’ll know exactly what’s going on.
You can use both of these features to talk to your friends over the holidays, when you’re trapped upstairs in your childhood bedroom avoiding your family. Just update the app and you’re good to go.