Facebook has witnessed some Pages find creative ways to go live and reach audiences with audio only by using the Facebook Live API or by adding a still image to accompany their audio broadcast.
"We also know that publishers sometimes go live from areas that lack strong network connectivity. Though we alert the broadcaster if their signal is low, Live Audio presents another option for connecting with audiences in real time from low-connectivity areas," the post read.
Just as with a live video on Facebook, listeners can discover live audio content in News Feed, ask questions and leave reactions in real time during the broadcast and easily share with their friends.
People using Android devices will be able to continue listening to a Live Audio broadcast even if they leave the Facebook app or lock their phones while iOS listeners will be able to continue listening as they browse other parts of Facebook.
Over the next few weeks, Facebook will test "Live Audio" with several partners, including BBC World Service, LBC, Harper Collins, and authors Adam Grant and Brit Bennett.
"Early next year, we plan to make this new format more broadly available to publishers and people," the blog post read.
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