Facebook’s hotline app combines Clubhouse and Instagram Live

Facebook has launched public beta testing of a new Q&A application called Hotline, as reported by TechCrunchHotline is a mix of Clubhouse and Instagram Live.

The web-based app allows creators to speak to an audience who can then ask questions via text or audio. Unlike Clubhouse, the host can delete inappropriate queries or remove people from their Hotline session.

For the first tests, TechCrunch Says, “Facebook employees will moderate events and remove anyone who violates the NPE team’s community standards, terms of service, data policies, or additional terms.”

Facebook has been working on this project since February. In March, 9to5Mac reported on Facebook’s new “Live Audio” feature. This time, while Hotline is similar to Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces, it has video capabilities and a Q&A section, which looks more professional than just a casual hangout.

In a statement to TechCrunchFacebook explained:

With Hotline, we hope to understand how interactive, live multimedia Q & As can help people learn from experts in areas such as professional skills, just as it helps those experts build their businesses. New product experiments have tested multimedia products such as CatchUp, Venue, Collab and BARS, and we are encouraged to see the formats continue to help people connect and build community.

For now, Hotline does not have an iPhone app, but this is in the works. The website, available to users in the US, is now live and allows sign-ups via Twitter, but it only has a waiting list and a tool for requesting your own show.

You can visit the Hotline website here.

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