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Facebook is testing a Houseparty-like group video chat app

Tyrone Stewart

Facebook BonfireFacebook has begun running a quiet test for a group video chat app, which could eventually spell bad news for Houseparty.

The social network’s app, called Bonfire, has popped up in the Danish App Store – as was first spotted by The Next Web.

The Houseparty clone enables people to video chat with up to eight people at once, and use special effects similar to those found on Snapchat or Instagram. In addition, pictures from the chats can be shared through Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger.

From Bonfire, users can also invite their friends to a video chat. Through this feature, invite notifications are sent on both the friends’ Facebook profile and on Messenger. These invite notifications enable people to join a chat without having to download the app itself.

“At Facebook Inc we continue to build and test new products and services,” said Facebook in a statement. “We already have many great experiences for people to video chat in groups, or as individuals, across the family of apps, including Messenger. We are interested in how everyone uses technology and how we can build great experiences for them. We’re running a very small test in Denmark of an app we call Bonfire. We have nothing further to share at this time.”

In December last year, Facebook introduced a group video chat to Messenger. This feature enables up to six people to take part in the video aspect of the call, while up to 50 people can participate through voice chat. In addition, video chat users are able to use virtual masks to add a bit of fun.