It’s no big secret that, for a long time, Facebook has wanted to be your hub for just about everything. It wants to be your chief communications tool. It wants to be the place you play games. It even wants to be your news source. Now it looks as though the tech giant is pushing into yet another area, though this is one that’s been dominated by Apple for quite some time: podcasts. Yes, Facebook podcasts are on the way, according to a report from The Verge.
The site writes that, sometime in the near future, podcast pages on the platform will soon be able to link RSS feeds of their shows. These shows will automatically post as new stories on pages, and in a new tab made specifically for podcasts (that apparently doesn’t exist right now), users will be able to browse and play episodes.
In an email sent out to those maintaining pages for podcasts, the company wrote that “Facebook will be the place where people can enjoy, discuss, and share the podcasts they love with each other.”
I’m a bit skeptical about this rollout, mostly because Facebook has not really shown itself to be adapt at tackling mass loads of misinformation. That’s going to get even trickier with podcasts, and when you combine those with Facebook’s ultra-targeted ad system, there exists the potential for a lot of people to be pointed to some real and utter nonsense before the platform is able to catch on and make a move.
The Verge reports that Facebook podcasts should be live sometime next week. We’ll have to wait until then to see how this goes.