Facebook Shutters ‘Bonfire,’ a Group Video Chat that Mimicked Houseparty

Facebook calls it quits on its group video chat app, a copy of Houseparty, just two years after its release and subsequent test phase…

Only a couple of years after its initial beta release, Facebook has shut down its standalone group video chat app, Bonfire.

Facebook ‘Bonfire’ Group Video Chat App Shuts Down

The world’s largest social network makes it a common practice to clone popular products and features from competitors. (For instance, the Instagram Stories format came from copying rival Snapchat.)

Another competitor, Houseparty, introduced a group video calling app a few years ago. It saw some success in the space, so Facebook made its own version in 2017 called Bonfire.

Now, the social site has shut the service down, removing it from the Google Play Store. Bonfire was previously only available in Denmark and it had less than 10,000 downloads.

The main feature allowed participants to join into and leave rooms at any time — much like Discord voice channel.

Facebook released a statement to The Verge reading, in-part:

“In May we’ll be ending support for the Bonfire tests. We’ll incorporate elements of what we learned into other current and future products.”

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