Facebook has been heavily focused on improving and adding new audio features to its platform over the past several months. Now, the social media giant is launching a new Audio hub for users in the United States. This hub will allow users to access podcasts, Live Audio Rooms, and short clips in one place.
Users in the United State can access all of Facebook’s audio formats through new hub
As reported by TechCrunch, users will be able to access all of Facebook’s audio formats including podcasts, Live Audio Rooms, and short-form audio in a new Audio tab. In addition, the company’s Clubhouse rival, Live Audio Rooms, will be broadly available to global users, and it is beginning to roll out Soundbites, “a sort of TikTok for audio offering short audio clips.”
An early version of the new Audio tab is in the process of rolling out in the United States across iOS and Android devices. The tab can be accessed through the top navigation within Watch, Facebook’s video hub
The company says the new destination will help creators to have their shows found, while Facebook users will be able to find audio content from favorite creators, discover new ones, and access content they had saved for later. At launch, the Audio section will feature the content from the creators you’re already following, and will include a set of personalized recommendations as well as suggestions of other audio that’s popular across Facebook.
Live Audio Rooms, launched in July, will now be available for more public figures and creators outside the U.S. as well as non-U.S.-based Facebook Groups. In addition to this, the feature has been launched on Android and desktop.
Facebook’s short-form Soundbites product is still in beta with a group of creators including Josh Sundquist, Lolo Spencer, and Molly Burke. This test recently expanded to include more creators, and now, the company says Soundbites will become available to more users in the U.S. in the coming weeks.
Facebook is also in the process of limiting political content on the app, according to the company’s vice president for global affairs and communications, Nick Clegg. The upcoming changes are centered around showing a “more friends, less politics” policy to make the platform healthier.