- Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday tagged the Kremlin and tweeted asking if the Russian president would be interested for a conversation on Clubhouse.
- Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that they want to get an understanding first and that Putin does not manage social networks personally.
- Musk has also hinted that he may hold a conversation on the audio-only app with American rapper and artist Kanye West.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who is also one of the richest people in the world, on Sunday tagged the Kremlin's account on Twitter along with the invitation on the audio-only app, CLubhouse. Tagging the Kremlin he asked, "would you like join me for a conversation on Clubhouse?" In a separate tweet in Russian, he added: "It would be a great honour to speak with you."
"In general, this is certainly a very interesting proposal, but we need to somehow understand what is meant, what is proposed exactly, so first we will somehow check all this, and then we will react," Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday. "First, we want to get an understanding. You know that Putin does not use social networks, he personally does not manage them," he said referring to Musk's suggestion that the men chat on the Clubhouse app. Clubhouse, the audio chat app popular among tech billionaires, allows users to start or listen to conversations in digital "rooms" of up to 5,000 people.
Russia was the only country to ferry astronauts until November 2020, when Musk's SpaceX sent four astronauts to the International Space Station ending Russia's monopoly. After the shutdown of American shuttles in 2011, the Russian Soyuz rocket had become the only spacecraft capable of bringing astronauts to the ISS, news agency AFP reported.
With the advent of SpaceX's Dragon capsule, Russia faces a sizable dent in income. A seat in the Soyuz costs NASA around $80 million. Musk, who has said he wants to colonise Mars, has also invested billions into artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency.
On February 11, Musk tweeted that he is likely to do a Clubhouse conversation with American rapper and artist Kanye West. "Just agree to do Clubhouse with @kanyewest. The most entertaining outcome is the most likely." As of now, no dates have been announced for when the two will join forces for a Clubhouse meeting. Earlier this month, Musk held a discussion on Clubhouse, which was lesser known to people at that time, bringing it to instant fame. Musk on February 1 tweeted, "On Clubhouse tonight at 10 pm LA time," and shared a link for a virtual interaction on the platform.
Currently, Clubhouse is available for iOS users only. What makes Clubhouse popular is that users don't have to join through a video, and they can run the conversations in the background of their phone like a podcast while carrying on with their tasks, plus none of the conversations from the app are recorded. The Clubhouse app was founded in April 2020 by Alpha Exploration and as of January 2021, it has seen 2.4 million downloads on Apple's App Store globally. On January 21, its investors said Clubhouse was valued at $1 billion.