Facebook is building a new audio chat product similar to audio-based social network Clubhouse, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
, launched in early 2020, saw explosive growth in user numbers earlier this month after CEO and CEO held a on the platform.
The exclusive app is currently only available oniOS store and has seen a surge in usage since the onset of the pandemic.
audio chat project is still in early stages of development, according to the .
The move will allow Facebook, which already has messaging appand photo-sharing platform , to expand into a new form of communication.
The social media company did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Earlier this month, aBetween tech billionaire Elon Musk and Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev on new audio-based social network Clubhouse has helped propel the app to the top of the startup charts and sparked a scramble for invitations to the exclusive service.
The interaction between the two entrepreneurs on the platform came amid intense interest in news around Robinhood, the online brokerage caught up in a wild stock market battle between retail investors and big Wall Street funds.
Demand for invitations to the less-than-a-year-old service – members get to invite a limited number of friends during its pre-launch period – is so hot, a market for them has grown on platforms like, , and Craigslist.
In China, invitations are being sold onSecond-hand market place Idle Fish, even though Clubhouse is not available in Apple’s app store in that country.
In Japan, investors, tech workers, and the media have swarmed the service.
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