Live audio chat service Clubhouse seems to have gained one more rival thanks to Facebook which is now rolling out its Live Audio Rooms feature globally. The social media giant has begun unveiling this feature to public figures, creators and groups.
The feature, launched as a response to the growing interest in Clubhouse, is aimed at allowing Facebook users to hold discussions on the platform. For some time now, the feature was only available for users in the United States but the global launch was announced on October 11.
According to one of the firm’s executives, Alexandru Voica, all verified public figures, creators, and groups on Facebook across the globe will have the ability to host Live Audio Rooms. Voica added that the social network is providing creators and communities more tools to connect, help people discover new voices they haven’t heard before and exchange ideas. The Live Audio Rooms are currently in the testing phase for Android and desktop.
The ability to create live chat rooms on the Android app and listen from the Desktop is also being tested, as confirmed by Voica.
Like some of its rivals, Live Audio Rooms was first made available for iOS users alone. This includes Clubhouse itself and Twitter Spaces that rolled out in similar phases.
The rooms function just like Clubhouse. Users can listen in and join live conversations. Also, public figures can invite friends, followers, other verified public figures, or any listener in the room to be a speaker. The number of speakers is limited to 50, and there’s no limit to the number of listeners.
Additionally, users can discover Live Audio Rooms to join from places like News Feed and via notifications. You will also be able to know if friends or followers join a room that you are listening to. There are also options to enable live captions, raise a hand to request to join the conversation, and use reactions to participate in real-time.