has been making a big push into audio over the past several months. Now, it’s bringing those features together. Users can access an Audio hub in Facebook’s mobile app, from which they can access podcasts, live audio rooms and .
Facebook initially , its and competitor, in July. It 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 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 , that’ll be an important issue to address as the company pushes further into audio.
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