Clubhouse’s biggest threat? Facebook launches Live Audio Rooms

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Facebook has unleashed another threat to the future of Clubhouse.

The social media giant on Monday started rolling out Clubhouse-clone Live Audio Rooms, continuing the company tradition of ripping off competitors.

Like Clubhouse, Live Audio Rooms lets users listen to and join live conversations. Initially, only public figures and select Facebook Groups on iOS in the US will be able to create Live Audio Rooms, but users on both Android and iOS will be able to join them.

Hosts can invite up to 50 speakers to a conversation. The initial set of creators include Grammy-nominated electronic music artist TOKiMONSTA, American football quarterback Russell Wilson, and scholar-activist Rosa Clemente.

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Unlike Clubhouse, there’s no limit to the number of listeners. Both members and listeners can listen to the rooms in public groups, but only members can listen in private groups.

Users can find rooms via their News Feed and Facebook notifications. They can also set reminders that go off a room goes live, hit a “raise a hand” button when they want to speak, and get notifications when their friends or followers join the chat. Users can also enable live captions, a feature that’s still not offered by Clubhouse.

 

Facebook's Live Audio Rooms is similar to Clubhouse.
Credit: Facebook