What is a chat room?

A chat room is an area on the internet where individuals can communicate with one another in real time. Chat rooms are separated by topic. Many chat rooms are monitored by moderators, who ensure that users behave according to that chat room’s code of conduct. Since chat rooms can allow users to participate anonymously, they can be frequented by predators, who disguise themselves to prey on vulnerable children and teenagers.

How does a chat room work?

Chat rooms can be public or private and include anywhere from two to hundreds of people. Online video games often integrate chat rooms as a means for players to communicate. Chat rooms are also common among remote teams of people who work together online. IRC chat rooms, largely considered the original, are far less common now.

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