Reddit Introduces Permanent Chat Channels as Part of Subreddit Trials

Reddit is introducing a new feature called chat channels for subreddits, which the company believes will offer a more engaging and interactive experience for users. This feature will serve as a permanent space in the subreddit, with mods having full control over its operation. The new feature is currently being tested by 25 subreddits, involving less than 100,000 users.

According to the company, the previous chat launches were not done in the best way, and the new approach focuses on small communities and mod tools to provide a better experience. Chat channels will allow mods to block responses, pin messages, and chat in private channels. They will also have control over who is allowed in the channel, ranging from open participation to only trusted members.