Rolled out to iOS users in the United States after months of speculation, Facebook has finally introduced its Clubhouse competitor- “Live Audio Rooms”.
“Today we’re rolling out Live Audio Rooms and podcasts, as part of our plans to bring social audio experiences to Facebook. Public figures and select Facebook Groups in the US can create Live Audio Rooms on iOS, and select podcasts will be available to listeners in the US. In the coming weeks, we’ll expand the ability for more public figures and Groups to host a Live Audio Room and introduce new features for both experiences in the coming months,” Facebook said in a blog post.
The company announced today that some US-based public figures, as well as certain groups, can start hosting rooms through the main Facebook iOS app. As of now, anyone can be invited up as a speaker with up to 50 people able to speak at once. There’s no cap on the number of listeners allowed in, as opposed to Clubhouse, which imposes room size limitations.
Specific Facebook Groups can also host live audio rooms but only the admins can control whether moderators, group members, or other admins can create a Live Audio Room. In groups that are public, even visitors can listen to the Live Audio Room, but in private Groups, only members can listen. Additionally, hosts can also select a nonprofit or fundraiser to support during their conversation with a button to directly donate showing up on the chat.
Other features also include notifications when your friends or followers join a room, as well as live captions. There will be a “raise a hand” button to request to join the conversation, and reactions will be available to interact throughout the chat.