Clubhouse launches direct messages feature ‘Backchannel’

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.