Users experiencing disruptions when trying to access social networking app Clubhouse
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Social networking app Clubhouse may be blocked in mainland China. The outage began early this morning.
“Mainland China users of Clubhouse said that they were experiencing internet access disruptions to the U.S. social audio app, stoking concerns that the app has been blocked by the country’s so-called Great Firewall,” says a report by Reuters.
What is Clubhouse?
Clubhouse is an audio-based social networking app for iPhones developed by a US company. Clubhouse has over 600,000 users and is valued at almost $100 million USD.
The app has a variety of channels or rooms organized by topic. Clubhouse app users listen in on live conversations.
The current limit is 5,000 people per Clubhouse room.
The app is currently by invitation only. Current users have two invitations to share and can earn more as they use the app.
Conversations in the rooms are not recorded or archived by Clubhouse – which is probably where mainland China’s issue with the app begins.
An Android based app for clubhouse is under development.
In February 2021 Clubhouse was accused of illegal business practices and data protection violations by Germany’s Federation of German Consumer Organisations.
By the way, the Clubhouse app is not the same entity as Clubhouse software.
Last year over 1,000,000 online accounts from Mashbale.com were compromised in a Clubhouse data breach.