Instagram to add Clubhouse-style audio rooms, end-to-end encrypted chats

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Clubhouse’s recent surge in popularity shows that voice interactions are the future of social media. Clubhouse is currently limited to iOS and you can only access it if another user invites you. Seeing this as a potential opportunity, social media giants including Facebook and Twitter are working on their own adaptations for a larger audience. While Twitter Spaces is already in testing, we’ve learned that Facebook is also working to bring live audio rooms to the Instagram app. Besides audio rooms, Instagram is also making efforts to enable end-to-end encryption (E2EE) in chats.

Instagram Live is already a popular way for creators to engage with their followers. On top of that, Instagram recently rolled out Live Rooms, allowing anyone who uploads to add up to three additional users. In this context, Instagram also appears to be working on live audio rooms where a host can add a group of other users during the live audio session. Applications finder Alessandro Paluzzi shared screenshots of the Instagram feature under development on their Twitter account.

In one of the screenshots we see a microphone icon next to the regular camcorder icon which usually appears during live video sessions. Paluzzi did not share any details on the functionality of Instagram’s live audio rooms, but the placement of the microphone icon right next to the camera icon suggests that Instagram could integrate audio and video rooms into direct.

Facebook’s intention to clone Clubhouse was first reported last month. In his announcement of Live rooms, Instagram also confirmed that it is “explore more interactive tools such as offering moderator controls and audio features that will be available in the coming months.“Although the functionality of the audio room is relatively new, the app should also benefit from a functionality that would have been implemented for the first time at least two years ago.

Facebook started unifying Instagram and Messenger chats last year, allowing users to use one of the two apps to connect with contacts from the other. This unification was first commissioned by Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg in January 2019. Along with this plan to integrate chats from Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp into a single messaging platform, Zuckerberg also affirmed the need to implement end-to-end encryption on all of its messaging apps – a feature currently limited to WhatsApp.

Although Facebook introduced Endangered Messaging under the recently announced Vanish Mode for privacy reasons, end-to-end encryption adds a layer of security to chats and prevents anyone other than users from interpreting communications even though. they are intercepted. This feature is suggested to be under development by App Researcher Alessandro Paluzzi who has not shared more information on the same.

Features are currently under development and are not available to users. We will add more details when we see them.

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