Facebook is experimenting with a new audio feature for groups. The company is testing audio channels that will bring Discord-like voice chats to groups, Facebook said in a blog post.
Facebook already had audio features for groups. But unlike this feature, which is intended for one-off audio chats, audio channels are dedicated spaces where group members can talk to each other at any time, similar to Discord.
The change is one of several updates the social network is testing. The company is also experimenting with other types of “channels,” essentially subgroups within each Facebook group where members can discuss specific topics. There are community chat channels that organize group message threads on topics relevant to a particular group; as well as community feed channels, which are themed spaces within the group.
Facebook is also testing a new sidebar that will highlight all users’ groups in its app (and will have dedicated shortcuts for creating new channels). For now, all of these features are tests that will only be available to a small subset of users, but the company intends to roll out the changes more broadly over time.
The updates come as Facebook envisions major changes to its main app. The company is working on a broader approach that would align users’ feeds more towards AI-driven recommendations than their existing social charts. At the same time, the new sidebar aims to ensure groups remain prominent and easily accessible when the app’s main feed changes.
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