Clubhouse launches direct messages feature 'Backchannel'

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Clubhouse app is seen on a smartphone in this illustration

(Reuters) - Social audio app Clubhouse launched a direct messaging feature on Wednesday called 'Backchannel' to allow one-to-one and group text chats.

The invite-only app, which saw explosive early growth during the COVID-19 pandemic, is now competing against a raft of tech companies from Facebook and Twitter to Spotify pushing out similar audio chat services.

Clubhouse said it had added more than 8 million new users since launching on Android in late May. It said the ability to direct message was one of its most requested features.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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