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Facebook to launch new audio products

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB ) CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday the company plans to launch several audio products and features for searching and playing podcasts.

Zuckerberg said the world’s largest social network expects to launch audio features in the coming months, including short-form clips called “Soundbites” and a way for users to find and play podcasts.

In an interview on Discord with Casey Newton, editor of the Platformer newsletter, he also said that Facebook was exploring live audio rooms.

The rapid growth of the Clubhouse app, dating back a year, has shown the potential of audio chat services, especially as people have been forced to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facebook joins a number of social media companies that have announced audio features in recent months.

Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR ) is also testing its “Spaces” live audio feature, which it said was aimed to be available to all users in April.

As part of the announcements, Zuckerberg also said that Facebook is working with Spotify Technology (NYSE: SPOT ) to make content sharing easier for musicians and listeners.

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