Facebook is bringing its Live Audio rooms feature, which was first introduced in the United States in June, to a broader audience around the globe. Facebook is also making the Clubhouse competitor feature available to groups in addition to public figures and creators.
Live Audio rooms can now be created in Facebook’s Android app, in addition to the iOS app, where they were previously available. Live Audio Rooms can now be listened to on desktop computers, but they must be created using a mobile app. Admins in groups have the option of limiting who has access to audio rooms, which can be either private or public. More Americans will have access to Soundbites, a new short-audio feature from the social media behemoth. Rather than having soundbites appear in users’ News Feeds, users can record a short piece of audio, such as a joke or anecdote, using a separate Facebook tool. According to Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Soundbites are similar to Instagram’s Reels but only use audio. Despite the fact that it is still in its infancy, Facebook says the product has been well received by creators who have tried it out. There will be an increase in the number of people who can use it in the coming days. Over the summer, Facebook entered the podcast market, but for the time being, podcast listening on Facebook is only available to users in the United States. “Long-term vision” of offering a holistic experience that brings together new distribution opportunities and discovery, monetization and social connections for podcasts in one place is part of the company’s statement about expanding its podcast offerings. As part of its social audio experiences, the company says it has focused on “proactively and automatically identifying harmful content,” including tools that “proactively and automatically identify harmful content,” and is adapting its processes to moderate audio content that violates Facebook’s community standards.
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