Facebook’s audio hub for podcasts, live chats is now live

Facebook's audio hub for podcasts, live chats is now live

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  • Facebook initially launched live audio rooms, its Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces competitor, in July. It says that all verified public figures and creators can now host live audio rooms, not just those in the US. All Facebook groups will be able to run audio discussions too. The company is testing the option to create audio rooms on Android (it was an iOS-only feature until now) and you’ll be able to listen to the conversations on desktop.

  • The company has been quietly rolling out the hub on iOS and Android, as TechCrunch notes. All US users aged 18 and older should see the option in the Watch tab as of today.

The short-form Soundbites audio clip feature is still in beta, though Facebook plans to roll it out more broadly in the US over the next several weeks. In addition, the company has been working on measures, such as tech that automatically flags harmful content, to detect and take action on audio that violates the Community Standards. Given Facebook’s history as a breeding ground for misinformation, that’ll be an important issue to address as the company pushes further into audio.

The social media company has started rolling out the audio-hub feature for both iOS and Android devices in the US, as per a report by TechCrunch. All US users aged 18 and older will be able to view the option now. The audio hub is a tab located in the Facebook Watch section. The social media company is also working on audio-based services including Soundbits, Podcasts, and Live Audio Rooms.

Facebook announced various new audio-based features earlier this year and now the platform is introducing a dedicated hub for them. Facebook’s new Audio hub will give users quick access to podcasts, live audio rooms, and short clips in Facebook’s mobile app.

Soundbites are said to be “an audio version” of Reels, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The Short audio clips feature is currently available in beta in the US.

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