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Between May 2020 and January 2021, the value of audio chat discussion app Clubhouse soared from $100 million to $1 billion. Only available on Apple devices (for now), it’s currently ranked #7 in the App Store’s social networking chart: not too shabby for an app that users can only join by invitation.

Already a success on iOS devices and with an Android version in the works, invitation-only audio app Clubhouse has put a chic new slant on online debate and networking. But question marks over privacy and data protection, plus potentially contentious subject matter – like politics, race, sexuality and religion – have already raised concerns. So how safe is Clubhouse? How do you get invited? And is it suitable for young people?