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.
The social media company did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Earlier this month, a surprise chat between 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 Reddit, eBay, and Craigslist.
In China, invitations are being sold on Alibaba’s second-hand market place Idle Fish, even though Clubhouse isn’t 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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