The app is also invite-only, which in recent times inspired a small black market for invitation codes. Before the app was blocked, a code cost 300 yuan, or about $ 46.
This did not prevent thousands of Chinese users from visiting the platform, which provides audio chats that disappear when the conversation ends. In recent times, many Chinese-language chat rooms were filled with 5,000-user capacity. Some said they were connecting to the mainland, while others were identified as Chinese people overseas. Many said they were from Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Every topic was discussed on China’s censorship blacklist. In a chat room, participants debated which Chinese leaders were responsible for the 1989 Tianmen Square crackdown. In another, users shared experiences of their encounters with Chinese police and security officials.
In a third, the participants kept silence as they mourned the one-year anniversary Li WenliangA doctor was warned in Wuhan, China, about warnings about coronovirus. He Died The same disease, and his death prompted the hashtag “freedom to speak” Widely spread On Chinese social media.
The sudden popularity of the app in China had left many wondering how long the government would let the party run. Social media companies operating in China must identify users, share data with police, and follow strict censorship guidelines.
Most of the major western news sites and social media apps such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are Outright blocking In China, and VPNs are increasingly difficult to use within the mainland. Domestic media social media platforms that are allowed in China, such as Wechat And Weibo, Is tightly regulated and monitored by sensors.
Xiao Kiang, founder of China Digital Times website China Digital Times, said, “The clubhouse is exactly what Chinese censors don’t want to see in online communication. A huge, freewheeling conversation in which people are talking openly.” “It is also a reminder that when there is an occasion, many Chinese have a desperate need to talk to each other and listen to various points.”