According to a report from Recode on Sunday, Facebook will announce a series of products under the protection of “social audio” on Monday, including the acquisition of the audio chat application Clubhouse and the promotion of the discovery and distribution of podcasts.

These plans include an audio version of Room, a video conferencing product that Facebook launched a year ago. The report added that products like Clubhouse will allow people to listen to and interact with speakers on a virtual “stage”.

The report quoted sources as saying that Facebook will also launch a product that allows its users to record short voice messages and publish them in their news sources, as well as a podcast discovery product that will connect with Spotify.

The report added that it will be announced on Monday, but some products will not appear for a period of time.

A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment. Spotify did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.

Facebook began public testing of the new application called Hotline at the beginning of this month, where creators can give speeches and listen to live questions.

The Q&A product combines audio with text and video elements, and has experimented with a series of new real-time audio features on social media platforms.

The successful case of Clubhouse, an invitation-only application, reportedly reached 10 million weekly active users, which proves the potential of audio chat services, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Twitter has been testing its audio feature Spaces, and Facebook also offers live audio rooms in its Messenger Rooms.

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