Clubhouse, the once-popular live audio app that captivated the social media landscape, has unveiled plans for a significant restructuring effort that will result in over 50% of its staff being laid off. Co-founders Paul Davison and Rohan Seth shared the news in a blog post, attributing the decision to a necessary “reset” for the app, which has experienced a decline in user growth and engagement in recent months.
Acknowledging the need to realign their focus and streamline operations, the blog post emphasized the difficult but essential nature of parting ways with talented colleagues. The move comes as Clubhouse faces intensified competition from other live audio apps such as Twitter’s Spaces and Facebook’s Live Audio Rooms, challenging its previous position as a frontrunner in the field.
Clubhouse’s moderation practices and content management have also come under scrutiny, with instances of hate speech and harassment being reported by users. In response, Davison and Seth reiterated their commitment to enhancing moderation efforts and fostering a safe and inclusive environment for all users.
Despite the current challenges, Clubhouse remains a popular platform for live audio conversations. The company is actively exploring new features and partnerships to regain momentum, attract more users, and stay competitive in the evolving market.
The layoffs will impact various teams within the organization, but the co-founders expressed their dedication to providing support and resources to those affected. They expressed gratitude to the entire Clubhouse team for their contributions and reaffirmed their commitment to the mission of building a unique social network, believing that this reset will pave the way for its realization.