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Facebook officially launches podcast rooms in the US

USA-ALSHARQIYA June 21: Facebook has launched Live Audio Rooms along with a way to find and play podcasts across its platform.

Facebook's launch of a potential competitor to Club House follows the early success of the Live Voice app, which was a huge hit during lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic.

Facebook, which has said it wants to make audio a first-class medium across its platforms, joins Twitter and Discord, which have launched their own live audio offerings.

In addition, public figures and some Facebook groups in the United States that use iOS will be able to create live audio rooms, with up to 50 speakers and an unlimited number of listeners, according to the Arab portal for technical news.

Live audio rooms also offer a host of additional features, such as notifications when your friends or followers join a room, as well as live captions.

There is a hand raise button to request to join the conversation, and feedback is available for interaction during the chat.

Facebook said these users can also invite people who don't have a verification badge to speak. iOS and Android users can listen to the rooms.

The company, which has been vocal in its quest to attract content creators, said it was partnering with public figures including musicians, journalists and athletes in the live audio rooms.

Also, listeners can send stars via Facebook to creators in the live audio rooms. Zuckerberg said the company won't take a commission from content creators' revenue until 2023.

In parallel, admins within groups can control who is allowed to create a room. Including admins, group members, or other admins.

Public group chats can also be accessed within and outside the group, but private group chats are limited to members.

In addition, hosts can also choose a non-profit organization or fundraiser to support them during their conversation using a direct donation button that appears in the chat.

A number of selected podcasts are also available on Facebook for listeners in the United States.

Facebook faces the challenges of moderating live and recorded audio content, including in private Facebook groups.

The company is also working on a joint venture with Spotify to share and listen to music across the platform.

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