CLOSE Facebook rolled out their new group video chat called Messenger Rooms, which can include up to 50 friends, and you don’t even need to have an account. USA TODAYFrom virtual cocktail hours to online classrooms, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned Zoom into everyone’s go-to social network. Now Facebook wants to kick the video-conferencing interloper off its turf.On Friday it’s rolling out a new video chat product called Messenger Rooms so you can hang out with up to 50 people at a time with no time limit.Rooms can be created from Messenger or Facebook and you can invite anyone to join, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. Eventually Rooms will be available on Instagram, WhatsApp and the Facebook Portal smart speaker, too.Facebook and its family of apps have become an even more crucial communications lifeline for hundreds of millions of people sheltering at home desperate to stay in touch with relatives and friends even as the pandemic keeps them apart. “The ability to feel like you are directly connected with someone live over video” is essential to maintaining that togetherness, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Friday during a broadcast on Facebook Live.”It’s an incredibly important way people are relying on to stay


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