Facebook has revealed in a blog post that it is experimenting with a new audio feature -- similar to Discord's voice chat -- for its Groups.
Facebook already offers in-room audio to groups. But unlike the new feature, which is designed for one-time audio chats, audio channels are dedicated Spaces where group members can talk to each other at any time, much like Discord.
The change is one of several updates the social network is testing. The company is also experimenting with other types of "channels", which are like subgroups within each Facebook group where members can discuss specific topics.
Facebook is also testing new sidebars that will make groups of all users more prominent in its app and have dedicated shortcuts to create new chat channels. All of these features are currently in beta and are only available to a small number of users, but the company plans to roll out the new features to more users over time.
The updates come as Facebook considers changes to its main App. The company is working on a broader redesign that will reorient users' information around AI-driven recommendations rather than their existing social graph. At the same time, the new sidebar is designed to ensure that groups remain highlighted and easily accessible when the application's main information flow changes.