- Facebook has been long rumored to be working on a Clubhouse rival.
- Hotline is a blend of Clubhouse and Instagram Live.
- This app allows the audience to ask questions to the host via audio and text.
Facebook has been long rumored to be working on a Clubhouse rival. The company on Wednesday rolled out the beta version of the experimental app Hotline, which is a combination of Q&A, Clubhouse, and Instagram live. This app contains the features of Clubhouse and Instagram Live. This app allows the audience to ask questions to the host via audio and text. However, users can also turn on the cameras as this is not an audio-only app.
As per TechCrunch, Facebook has launched Hotline for beta testing. The report states that the app features its first Q and A with real estate investor Nick Huber. The website of Hotline has gone live, and it allows sign-ins through Twitter and verification via SMS. The designs for the mobile version of the app has already been created, but it has not gone live at the moment.
Although Facebook has been rumored to be working on a Clubhouse-rival, Hotline is entirely different from the audio app. The hotline allows people to switch on the cameras, unlike Clubhouse. It is being built by the same team that made the video chatting platform Messenger Rooms, as per TechCrunch.
In Hotline, users can host video sessions that also a feature called Q and A for the host and audience to interact. The conversation is more systematically channeled in Hotline than Clubhouse, it is not open-ended. Unlike Clubhouse, users can record also record their audio, video sessions on Hotline. The TechCrunch report says that the interface of Hotline looks similar to Clubhouse and other audio-only apps including Twitter Spaces. It features round profile icons of the audience.
As far as security is concerned, the host has full control of the sessions conducted on Hotline. A host can remove inappropriate questions, remove people, intruders, who have illegally gained access to the session. The report states that Facebook employees will monitor the events and sessions and remove anybody who violates Facebook's Community Standards, Terms of Service, Data Policy, or the NPE Team's Supplemental Terms.
Facebook plans to make Hotline available to users free of cost. The social media giant has no plans to limit the audience size, but this could change in the future.
The Hotline project is being led by Erik Hazzard, whose anonymous compliments platform tbh, was acquired by Facebook in 2017. The tbh app was shut down a few years after it was acquired.