Facebookâ€™s new mobile app, Rooms, allows people to create groups and share their interests under pseudonyms, Facebook announced.
“A room is a feed of photos, videos, and text â€” not too different from the one you have on Instagram or Facebook â€” with a topic determined by whoever created the room,” Facebook says.
The app does not require users to reveal their real name, own a Facebook account or an email address to sign up. It uses a QR-code invite system to grow in popularity- people take a photo of the appâ€™s QR-code to gain access.
â€œIn Rooms you can be â€œWonder Womanâ€ â€“ or whatever name makes you feel most comfortable and proudâ€, Josh Miller, the app developer, said in the blog post. â€œYou can even create different identities for different contexts. In my room for technology industry discussions I am â€œJoshâ€ but in another about backpacking travel I am â€œjm90403â€ â€“ a homage to my hometown zip code. Sometimes I want to go with my real name and sometimes I prefer a nickname. â€œ
Each room can also be customized to a certain level of privacy, depending whether or not the room’s post can be discovered on search.
On comparisons with the controversial app Secret, its creator says they are two â€œvery differentâ€ products. Allegedly, Rooms does not import usersâ€™ list of friends from the phoneâ€™s contacts, Facebook, or other places.