Reddit rolled out a new chat room feature called “Start Chat” to enable group chats for communities.

These built-in messaging features for subreddits will allow users to participate in group chats with other Reddit users. The social media platform is launching the feature to help community members connect amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Last month, as people around the world were at home under various shelter-in-place restrictions, Redditors took chat to phenomenal new levels. Whether it’s topics related to Covid-19, local news, or just their favorite games and hobbies, people around the world are looking for other people to talk to. Since Reddit is in a unique position to help in this situation, we’ve created a new tool that makes it easier to find other people who want to talk about the same things as you, ”reads the official Reddit post. announcing feature.

Editors can enable group chats from a sub-reddit by visiting a community and clicking the “Start Chat” prompt. The feature will then match users with other members of that community in a randomly selected small group chat.

“In our testing, we’ve already seen some interesting use cases for Start Chatting, like meeting new people in conversation-driven communities, discussing the cliffhangers of the last episode in our TV show communities, or finding new ones. ‘others to play with online. We’re excited to see more use cases emerge as more Redditors gain access to this feature, ”the Reddit post read.

Since the feature allows users to message each other directly, Reddit takes into account potential disbelievers who might use the feature in a negative way.

“Because this feature uses our group chat functionality, our complete trust and security infrastructure is connected to monitor abuse and spam. We will continue to monitor bad actors and take appropriate action. Users can also report us directly in their chat experiences. These reports don’t go into your queues, ”said Alex Le, vice president of product at Reddit.

Start Chatting is rolling out to approximately 16,000 SFW subreddits this week and will be available to more communities in the coming weeks.