Facebook Aims to Take on Clubhouse With 'Live Audio Rooms'

Facebook this week launched its Clubhouse competitor in the U.S., called Live Audio Rooms, along with its new podcasts service, details of which we covered previously.

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To begin with, Live Audio Rooms is only available to some public figures and certain groups, and can only be hosted through the Facebook iOS app, but both iOS and Android users can join a room, and the feature supports up to 50 speaking participants and an unlimited number of listeners.

While Clubhouse already has a solid user base, it limits the number of people who can enter a room, so Facebook's offering has one up on its rival from the off. Facebook users can also "raise a hand" to join a conversation, and use reactions to participate in real time.

In addition, Live Audio Rooms is set to receive more features that Clubhouse presently lacks, including notifications when friends or followers join a room and live captioning.

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Users can discover and join Live Audio Rooms within Facebook Groups. In private groups, admins can control whether moderators, group members or other admins can create a Live Audio Room. Meanwhile, in public groups, both members and visitors can listen to the Live Audio Room, but in private groups, only members can listen.

Live Audio Room hosts can also select a nonprofit or fundraiser to support during their conversation, and listeners and speakers can directly donate.

Among the U.S.-basd public figures with first access to Live Audio Rooms are music artist TOKiMONSTA, football quarterback Russell Wilson, Internet personality Omareloff, and entrepreneur Amanda Nguyen. Initial group conversations are also being hosted on topics ranging from dance and vegan food to guided meditation.

Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving Avatar
13 weeks ago
I don't trust Facebook with my recorded audio voices.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fujitasenpai Avatar
13 weeks ago

It's kind of hilarious and sad at the same time watching Facebook struggle with its identity of exactly what it wants to be.
I don't think this is true. Facebook wants to know everything about everyone's private business on this planet, so it sticks its hands/tentacles in everything. So this is definitely in line with its identity.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
andrewxgx Avatar
13 weeks ago
this is zuckerberg casually saying the clubhouse refused their acquisition offer ;)
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ridgero Avatar
13 weeks ago
Facebook? Thats so 2008ish
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nova motum Avatar
13 weeks ago

I don't trust Facebook with my recorded audio voices.
Sure, I'm right there with you, but nevertheless: billions of WhatsApp users don't have a problem with that at all...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ElliotF Avatar
13 weeks ago

I don't trust Facebook with my recorded audio voices.
I don't trust Facebook.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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