Instagram might be working on Clubhouse competitor and end-to-end encryption

Clubhouse has become the latest viral app and it has seen a lot of traction over the past couple of months. However, now competition has taken note and we are seeing Twitter’s Spaces and Fireside in the works. As per a leaked image which was posted on Twitter, Instagram is reportedly working on a new ‘Audio Rooms’ feature.

The image-sharing platform’s rumoured feature was first spotted on Twitter after mobile leaker Alessandro Paluzzi posted a couple of screenshots. Both these features could well be enabled via reverse engineering the app where hidden strings can be accessed and this means, that the feature is still at a nascent stage. 

As far as the first screenshot is concerned, the Direct Messages section of the Instagram app will see a third Microphone icon to the left of the Compose and Video Call buttons at the top left of the app. The second screenshot sees a basic “Loading..” which is next to his user profile on the bottom of the screen and there is also a microphone icon and a cross symbol that can be used to mute and unmute yourself and exit the Audio Room.

Now, it needs to be mentioned here that that Audio Rooms are not the only features Instagram seems to be working on. As per a later tweet, the Facebook-owned app could also be working on end-to-end encryption for some of its chats. This feature will pop up hen users seek to start a new chat and is depicted by a label “Start end-to-end encrypted chat” above the contact’s name.

Facebook is all set to introduce end-to-end encryption on Instagram. It was previously announced by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg years ago when he stated that the company was planning on making all its chat services intertwined. 

As per this plan, the company is planning to merge the chat services ‘backend’ of Instagram DMs, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp Messenger. 

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