Facebook's Live Audio Rooms Testing Has Begun in the US

Some groups and public figures can try out the new community-focused feature now

Facebook's new community-focused Live Audio Rooms feature has begun testing in the US, with hosting available to a limited number of groups and public figures to start.

The Verge reports that the Live Audio Rooms feature has appeared in the Facebook iOS app, with hosting access currently limited to select groups and some musicians, media figures, and athletes. Both Android and iOS users will be able to join hosted rooms, though they won't be able to set up their own at the moment. Hosts can invite up to 50 people to act as speakers in their rooms, and there's no limit to the number of potential listeners.

Facebook Live Audio Rooms

Facebook

Group administrators will be able to decide who else in the group can create a room, whether they're other admins, moderators, or regular group members. Private group audio rooms only will be available to group members, but there is an option for public audio rooms that anyone can enter. Audio room hosts also will be able to connect their room to a specific fundraiser or nonprofit, adding a button directly in the room that participants can tap to make a donation.

Facebook Live Audio Rooms

Facebook

Additional Live Audio Rooms functions include text chat reactions, notifications for when friends enter a room, and a "raise hand" button for those who would like to join in on the conversations. Live captions also are available, making following along more manageable for the hearing impaired (or when in less-than-ideal listening situations).

If you're using the Facebook mobile app on Android or iOS, you can check to see if any of your groups are trying out Live Audio Rooms right now.

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