According to TechCrunch, the social network is testing the feature in a bid to get “viral” discussions going among Facebook friends.
The chat rooms would enable members to “host” a discussion simply by clicking the “Host Chat” button at the top their home page, sources told TechCrunch. Once a member clicks to host a chat, any of that person’s friends can join the discussion.
Chat would be hosted through News Feed as the default setting, although users have the option of changing the privacy level to suit them.
So far, the chat rooms support text only — no video, according to the report.
It is thought Facebook chat rooms are a move by the social network to encourage the use of Facebook Messages, a platform that combines texts, chat and e-mail into one conversation. The app is up against a number of similar popular apps such as WhatsApp and Viber.