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The clubhouse is no longer just inviting

The live audio app Clubhouse has removed its invitation system so that anyone can join the platform, it said on Wednesday.

The social app, which experienced explosive early growth during the COVID-19 pandemic, previously required people to be invited by an existing user or asked to join a waiting list. It was stated in a blog post that it had always planned to open the app, but that invitations had been a way to temper the user numbers.

The clubhouse faces new competition from social media companies, including Facebook, Twitter, and the streaming company Spotify, which has launched similar audio chat services.

“We know that there will be many more ups and downs as we scale, and competition from the major networks will be fierce,”

; the company wrote in its post.

The clubhouse said it had added 10 million people since its launch on Android in May. Estimates from the analysis company Sensor Tower found that the app had reached around 7.8 million global installations in June, up from 3.7 million last month.

The company, which said the team had expanded since January from 8 to 58 people, launched a direct messaging feature last week.

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