(Pocket-lint) – Facebook has launched an experimental web application as part of a public beta test. Called Hotline, it allows users (or “hosts”) to talk to an audience that can ask questions in text or sound, according to TechCrunch.
You can visit the Hotline website here. Available to users in the U.S., Hotline allows you to sign up via Twitter, but it has a waiting list and a way to sign up to run your own show or session. The Hotline doesn’t have a mobile app yet, but the iPhone app is reportedly under construction.
The phone line is described as a product of Questions and a combination of Clubhouse and Instagram Live. But, unlike the Clubhouse, the hosts can remove questions from the queue and even remove people from their session. or remove people from their hotline. In this first phase of testing, Facebook employees reportedly moderate events and remove anyone who violates Facebook’s community standards and terms of service.
Facebook’s experimental application development department, the NPE team, has been working on Hotline since at least February.
He even posted a statement confirming that he is now testing Hotline. The group said it hopes to understand how interactive multimedia answers to questions can help people learn from experts in areas such as professional skills, just as it helps those professionals build jobs.
Written by Maggie Tillman.