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Facebook Starts Testing New Chat Rooms Feature In The Wild

Hosts will be able to kick out anyone they don't want inside the chat. Expeleamus!

Facebook is quietly testing a chat room service for its users, says TechCrunch. Called Host Chat, the multi-user feature will allow friends to join chat rooms without needing a password—reminiscent, the report says, of those old AOL chat forums of yore, and very much a competitor to Google's Hangouts.

The concept—and M.O. is super simple, it seems. Users will be able to see in their news feeds if a friend is hosting a chat about some subject or other. They can jump in merely by clicking on the Host Chat button, which is located next to the Update Status and Post Photos/Videos buttons. Hosts have the power both to limit entrance as well as expelling anyone they don't want inside the chat room.

Oh so Mean Girls.

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