Clubhouse audio app offers floating payment functionality for creators

(Reuters) – The Clubhouse audio chat app announced Monday that it will launch a monetization feature for its creators on the platform and that it will not receive any payment from it.

Starting Monday, all users will be able to send payments through the platform, Clubhouse said. The functionality to receive payments will initially only be available for a small test group, and later rolled out to other customers.

Users can send payment to Clubhouse creators who have enabled the feature, by tapping on a “Send Money” option. The audio social media company said a nominal card processing fee would be charged by its payment processing partner, Stripe.

The San Francisco-based company, whose app allows people to meet in audio chat rooms to discuss different topics, requires newcomers to be invited by existing users before they can join.

The app saw its global user count skyrocket after Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev held a surprise chat on the platform.

In the year since its inception, Clubhouse has come under fire for reports of misogyny, anti-Semitism and misinformation about COVID-19 on the platform despite anti-racism rules, hate speech, abuse and misinformation.

(Report by Maria Ponnerhath in Bengaluru, edited by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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