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Facebook launches Live Audio Rooms and podcasts in the US

Facebook announced a series of planned investments in new audio products, including a Clubhouse live audio competitor as well as new support for podcasts in April. The social media giant officially rolled out these products with the launch of Live Audio Rooms in the U.S. on iOS, starting with public figures and select Facebook Groups, and the debut of an initial set of U.S. podcast partners.

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Live Audio Rooms will become available to any verified public figure or creator in the U.S. who’s in good standing with Facebook and is using either a profile or the new Facebook Pages experience on iOS. 

 Facebook’s Live Audio Rooms offer a standard set of features, similar to other live audio streaming platforms.

The event’s hosts appear in rounded profile icons at the top of the screen, while the listeners appear in the bottom half of the screen, as smaller icons. The active speaker is indicated with a glowing ring. If verified, a check appears next to their name, as well.

There are also options for enabling live captions, a “raise hand” tool to request to speak and tools to share the room with others on Facebook through things like News Feed or Group posts.

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