- By Steve Smith
- December 23, 2021
Facebook creates Clubhouse Clone live audio room. Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg has announced it will roll out a series of audio features (live audio chat) in the next few months.
This includes Live Audio Room, its version of the popular app Clubhouse that allows people to listen and participate in live conversations.
Networks with audio features have become increasingly popular during the pandemic. Facebook will also launch a new feature, Soundbites, where users can create and share short audio clips.
Facebook new feature will be launched near future, at first with a small number of creators.
Users will be able to make money in the Live Audio Room which is the clubhouse clone or with Soundbites, though it’s unclear if this will be available to anyone or just reserved for Facebook creators with large followings.
Facebook new feature will also allow users to listen to podcasts directly from the Facebook app.
Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement while speaking to journalist Casey Newton on Monday.
In a statement, Facebook’s Fidji Simo said: “Audio seamlessly fits within our busy lives, allows us to be inspired by new ideas, and talk with other like-minded people without pressure.”
It is unclear how Facebook plans to moderate the audio features.
At around the same time, Mr. Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s plans, Reddit announced Reddit Talk, its version of Clubhouse clone.
Mr. Zuckerberg and Facebook have been accused of anti-competitive behavior by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Last year, Mr. Zuckerberg admitted to copying rivals, saying that Facebook “certainly adapted features that others have led in”.
Instagram Reels, released last year, looks similar to TikTok. Instagram Stories, a feature released in 2016, was criticized as a rip-off of Snapchat. And now the audio features releasing over a few next weeks are from the popular app Clubhouse clone.
Critics argue that Big Tech’s “borrowing” of ideas from smaller companies can stifle competition.
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