In April, Facebook announced that podcasts will be coming to the app. The rollout of this service starts on Tuesday. Facebook also previously announced the launch of Soundbites, an audio creation tool to capture and share short-form audio.
- As per an email sent to page owners, The Verge reports, podcast hosts will be able to link their shows' RSS feed with Facebook, allowing new podcast episodes to be published as News Feed posts.
- All podcasters publishing on the platform will have to opt into Facebook's terms of service. The Verge's Ashley Carman refers to this as a "relatively standard agreement," but points out the lack of "clear limits around what exactly Facebook can do with the podcasts distributed on its platform."
- On a Twitter thread, PodLink's creator Nathan Gathright dove into the terms of service. A few are:
- Podcasters will be granting Facebook the right to "create derivative works of" their shows.
- Facebook gets permission to cache the content, implying that listeners on the platform might not reflect on the analytics.
- Podcasters can submit their shows to Facebook through "other input options," meaning methods other than RSS feeds.
- Currently, access to this service is invite-only; Facebook is sending invites to Pages that can include podcasts on the app.