Instagram working on Clubhouse-like audio rooms, end-to-end encryption in chats

The concept of live audio chat rooms has become popular after the launch of the Club-House app

Tech Desk/Reuters March 10, 2021

Instagram is reportedly working on bringing its users live audio chat rooms, a feature inspired by the audio-chat app Clubhouse. Not just this, the Facebook-owned company might roll out end-to-end encryption in chats as well, reports XDA developers.

App Researcher Alessandro Paluzzi shared screenshots of the under-development Instagram feature on their Twitter account.


While Paluzzi did not elaborate on the functionality of the live audio room feature the microphone icon next to the camera icon suggests that Instagram might incorporate audio and video live rooms.

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The concept of live audio chat rooms has become popular after the launch of the Club-House app which regularly draws big crowds into audio chat rooms lured by surprise appearances by the likes of musician Drake and billionaire Elon Musk.

The app has also quickly attracted big companies hoping to reach the estimated 8 million users who have downloaded the hottest new digital platform since TikTok.

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Paluzzi also shared that Instagram might soon have end-to-end encryption in its chats.

Even though Instagram currently has vanish mode option available that disappears messages with the app becoming end-to-end encrypted users will have more privacy on their chats.

Facebook also announced that it is testing a feature on Instagram that allows some content creators in India to share short video clips, known as reels, on their Facebook accounts.


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