Paltalk is a proprietary video group chat service that enables users to communicate by video, Internet chat, or voice.[3] It offers chat rooms and the ability for users to create their own public virtual chat room. Paltalk Desktop is available on macOS and Windows, and Paltalk Video Chat App is available for Android and iOS. While basic services are free of charge and basic software is free to download, fee-based memberships and paid upgrades to more capable versions are offered by AVM Software, the creators of Paltalk.

Paltalk Messenger
Developer(s)AVM Software
Initial releaseJune 1998; 25 years ago (1998-06)
Stable release(s)
Android9.2.1.0 / December 23, 2021; 23 months ago (2021-12-23)[1]
iOS8.4.2 / November 9, 2021; 2 years ago (2021-11-09)[2]

Paltalk had 5.5 million unique users in 2013.[4] An infographic created by the company in 2015 revealed that they had surpassed 100 million users.[5]

Software edit

Paltalk's main application is "Paltalk Messenger for PCs". They also offered PaltalkExpress, a free web-based Adobe Flash and Java application which could be accessed via an Internet browser.[6] As of December 22, 2016 this program has been discontinued due to its falling support and removal from Google Chrome.[7]

Paltalk has native apps available for Android and iOS which allow users to publish webcam, audio chat, and text chat groups or in private sessions.

Both the mobile and desktop versions of Paltalk allow users to create chat rooms where they can text, voice, and video chat. These chat rooms can host hundreds and in some cases thousands of chatters in one conversion. Paltalk users can also have private video chat sessions with up to 15 other.

Awards and recognition edit

  • 2007: AlwaysOn 100 top Companies[8]
  • 2007: NET Editor's pick[9]
  • 2005: The Pulver 100[10]

Patent protection edit

Paltalk filed a series of patent lawsuits against video game developers claiming they were infringing U.S. patents 5,822,523 and 6,226,686 "Server-group messaging system for interactive applications", patents they purchased from the now-defunct company HearMe in 2002.[11] Paltalk first brought a case against Microsoft in 2006, claiming Halo and Xbox Live violated its patent rights, and later settled out of court.[12]

In 2009, Paltalk then moved on to Sony, Activision Blizzard, NCsoft, Jagex and Turbine, Inc., claiming that these companies are also violating Paltalk's patents whose damages range in the "tens of millions of dollars".[13][14] In 2010, a US judge dismissed the lawsuit against Jagex and stated "After reviewing source code for the RuneScape video game made available by Jagex, Paltalk and Jagex agree that the RuneScape video game does not infringe the patents-in-suit."[15]

Controversies edit

In 2007, the filmed suicide of one of the service's users was widely reported in the media. Concerns were raised over the possibility that it could inspire further suicides.[16]

In June 2013, it was revealed that Paltalk was targeted by the National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance program. All Paltalk communications (video, phone calls, and chats) have been recorded, stored indefinitely, and evaluated by the NSA.[17][18]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Paltalk - Find Friends in Group Video Chat Rooms - Apps on Google Play".
  2. ^ "Paltalk - Group Video Chat App". App Store. 2 August 2023.
  3. ^ "CNET". Paltalk. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
  4. ^ "PalTalk: It Was "Flattering" To Be Included In The PRISM Slidedeck". TechCrunch. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-06. PalTalk, a profitable group video chat site that's been around for more than a decade and has about 5.5 million monthly unique [...]
  5. ^ "A Brief History of Paltalk - The Rise to 100 Million Users". Paltalk. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Try Paltalk Express - Access free chat rooms, IM and video chat". Paltalk. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  7. ^ "Goodbye Paltalk Express". Paltalk. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  8. ^ "Paltalk Blog - Paltalk Blog".
  9. ^ "Paltalk Blog - Paltalk Blog".
  10. ^ "Paltalk Blog - Paltalk Blog".
  11. ^ Bray, Hiawatha (16 September 2009). "Westwood-based video game maker named in patent infringement suit". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Microsoft settles lawsuit over Xbox". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2009-03-12.
  13. ^ Thompson, Michael (2009-09-17). "Multiple MMO developers/publishers named in patent suit". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  14. ^ Decker, Susan (2009-09-14). "Sony, Activision Blizzard Sued Over Online Games (Update1)". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  15. ^ Graft, Kris (17 November 2010). "UK-Based RuneScape Dev Jagex Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit". Gamasutra. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  16. ^ Merritt, Brookes (2007-03-25). "Live hanging shown on web: Alberta suicide-prevention groups brace for copycat deaths". CNEWS. Archived from the original on 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2023-01-19.
  17. ^ Winter, Michael (6 June 2013). "Reports: NSA siphons data from 9 major Net firms". USA Today. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  18. ^ Lobosco, Kate (7 June 2013). "Google ... Facebook ... Paltalk?!". CNN Money. Retrieved 12 June 2013.

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