Clubhouse, a private social audio application, is attracting a large number of new users from mainland China. Although discussions about rights, ethnic identity and other sensitive topics have become more intense, the US application has not yet been censored by the authorities.

The use of Western social media applications including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube is banned in China. In China, the Internet is strictly censored to remove content that could damage the ruling Communist Party.

After Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Robinhood CEO Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev had a surprising discussion on the platform, The Clubhouse app, launched in early 2020, has witnessed an explosive growth in the number of users earlier this month.

The chat room can only be accessed through the invitation of current members. As of Sunday, invitations to enter the platform are priced from RMB 50 (approximately Rs 560) to RMB 400 (approximately 4,500) on the popular Chinese e-commerce website in China. Rupee).

Reuters directly observed several Chinese “club” conversations, and thousands of users listened to a wide range of audio discussions on topics such as Xinjiang internment camps, Taiwan independence, and Hong Kong’s national security law.

In recent years, China’s network authorities have become more and more stringent, expanding the range of applications, media channels and social media sites that are prohibited in the country.

Although Clubhouse is still in an uncensored state, it is only available on iOS devices and not in the local Apple app store, which is a major obstacle to its widespread use in China.

Mainland Chinese users can access the app by modifying the location of their app store.

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It is not clear why the app is still unimpeded in China, although some foreign social networking sites with a small number of Chinese followers managed to operate under the surveillance of censors, including 8kun, the central hub for Qanon followers.

In a club chat surrounding Hong Kong politics, activists, reporters and artists discussed former US President Trump and his support base in the former colony.

As of Saturday, another popular Chinese club on the site involved rare open exchanges among netizens in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong due to increased political tensions in the region.

Last Saturday, the discussion became a hot topic on Weibo, China’s own Twitter-like social media site.

A user said in a popular Weibo post: “I don’t know how long this environment can last.” The post was liked more than 65,000 times. “But I will definitely remember this moment in the history of the Internet.”

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