Facebook will announce a series of products under the umbrella of “social audio” today, including its take on audio-chat app Clubhouse and a push into podcast discovery and distribution, Recode reported yesterday.
These plans include an audio version of Rooms, a video-conferencing product Facebook launched a year ago. The Clubhouse-like product will let groups of people listen to and interact with speakers on a virtual “stage”, the report added.
Facebook will also launch a product allowing its users to record brief voice messages and post them in their newsfeeds, and a podcast discovery product that will be connected with Spotify, according to the report, which cited sources.
The announcement will be made today but some products will not show up for a while, the report added.
A Facebook spokeswoman declined to comment. Spotify did not immediately respond to a request for comment yesterday.
Facebook started public testing of a new application dubbed Hotline earlier this month, where creators can speak and take live questions from an audience.