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CEO Ben Rubin basically threw in the towel on live video broadcasting in part because Facebook’s live video efforts were starting to pick up and Twitter had recently bought a rival service, Periscope.So it’s possible that a survey like this means Facebook is preparing to get into group video calls — it already offers group video on Messenger, but not in the same jump-in, jump-out kind of way that Houseparty allows.

Nearly 2 in 5 online teens (37%) say they have video chatted with someone else using applications such as Skype, i Chat or Googletalk. Online girls are more likely to report video chatting than boys, with 42% of girls who use the internet saying they have video chatted compared with about a third (33%) of boys.

The differences by age are not statistically significant.

White youth are more likely to video chat than Latino youth.

Some 95% of teens 12-17 use the internet, according to a survey of 799 teens conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project between April 19 and July 14, 2011.

In that study, the teens were asked about a number of online behaviors and the results for video-oriented activities are reported here.

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