Facebook is beta testing an audio app called Hotline in the U.S. Gizmodo describes it as a "love child between Instagram Live and Clubhouse;" a mix of voice chatting, Q&A, and audio-only social media.
- TechCrunch reports that the app will "look familiar" to users of other audio social networks such as Clubhouse or Twitter Spaces.
- One difference between Hotline and Clubhouse is that the listeners' section will be divided into those "who are just watching the event" and those "who are asking questions." Users will also be able to upvote and downvote others' questions.
- Hosts will be able to moderate the experience and "remove inappropriate questions from the queue." In the beta testing phase, Facebook employees will moderate the events.
- The team developing this app is led by Eric Hazzard, who created the "positivity-focused" Q&A app tbh, which was acquired by Facebook in 2017.
- Real estate investor Nick Huber livestreamed a video of himself testing out the product. (This video is only available in the U.S.)