CHINA BLOCKS CLUBHOUSE SOCIAL NETWORK OVER CRITICAL TALK
Chinese censors have blocked the popular social network Clubhouse after discussions critical of Beijing took place on the audio chatting app, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
Users in China are no longer able to connect to the platform, Great Fire confirmed Tuesday. The organization tracks Chinese internet blocking. Clubhouse was blocked after intense debate took place on the platform over political issues considered thorny by Beijing - such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and the persecution of Uighur Muslims in China.
The Global Times, a Communist Party newspaper, also made clear that the app was a thorn on the side of Chinese opinion monitors. Clubhouse is not a "free speech heaven," the paper wrote.
Social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well Google and many foreign media websites are blocked in China. Chinese platforms such as Weibo and Wechat are heavily censored. Clubhouse has not been available in the Chinese Apple Store since October, but the app still became increasingly popular.