Clubhouse, an audio-chat social networking app app has been blocked in China, after the people in the country flocked to it to discuss sensitive political debate

For a little while, the social media app Clubhouse given the chance to the people for cross-border dialogue on sensitive political issues from the country’s usual tight controls. This Audio-chat app has been blocked in many cities of China for a brief period as the country is ready to start the week-long Lunar New year holiday. This invite-only app remained uncensored in China until Monday, and people were gathered here to discuss some sensitive issues of politics, and the chat rooms were talking about Xinjiang’s Uighur imprisonment and Taiwan independence, according to a report.

Some Chinese people were paying around 60 dollars for an invite for the chats. Now the moment of free and open speech is over on this app. The app attracted many of its users to a wide range of topics just like some other apps do in the US. The website of the app is still working, but this app will have to comply with the Chinese internet rules and regulations in the future. Many people in the US are criticizing this app for not stopping this app from abusive practices. Now it has happened in China that the Government thinks that the topics discussed on this app were inappropriate and should not be discussed publicly.

This app was not officially available on China’s Apple app store, but the chat room’s access was available free of cost without using the VPN, but the users must have this app installed on their devices. This app was launched in September but after a month it vanished for no reason, however, it was briefly available on China’s Apple App Store. It is not sure that whether the Apple company has removed this app from the app store or there are some other reasons. But the Apple company must be happy about the decision because the company’s name has not been taken in the removal of such an app from the app store.

It is not sure that how many people were gathered at Clubhouse to discuss sensitive political issues. However, before this ban, there were some issues discussed on this app had around 5000 users on the platform, in which a taboo topic in China and 1989 pro-democracy were discussed. Some Chinese users cannot receive verification codes on their phone numbers; however, many users who have signed up with their real ID in the country have made the work easy for the Chinese police to recognize them. It is said that people from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong were flocked to this platform to discuss these cross-border dialogues. Clubhouse’s some other rooms are also under investigation of Chinese police. Some Chinese mainland users said that this platform is not free to discuss any type of sensitive issues. Some users in mainland China are successful in getting access to this platform, but some features will only appear on this app as long as they are connected to VPN.

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H/T: TC.

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