Thousands of Clubhouse users from China suddenly found themselves unable to access the platform on Monday.
Clubhouse, a social network based on voice—where people around the world come together to talk, listen and learn from each other in real-time was recently blocked in China.
Clubhouse gained massive users globally when Tesla CEO, Elon Musk and Robinhood CEO, Vlad Tenev held a surprise discussion on the platform causing many users to troop into the platform.
Amongst these new users, were people from Mainland China who came on the platform to discuss issues on sensitive topics that are not allowed in their home country, The topics include, like Xinjiang detention camps, Taiwan independence, and Hong Kong’s National Security Law.
According to Bloomberg, the ban reportedly came after Chinese-speaking users started discussing issues like China-Taiwan relations, as well as the Chinese government’s genocide of Uighur Muslims.
Open discussion of such topics is off-limits in China, where heavy government censorship is the norm. Unfavorable comments or articles are rapidly removed on platforms such as WeChat and microblogging platform Weibo.
What you should know
- Clubhouse app is unavailable in the local Apple app store in China, but mainland Chinese users had been able to access the app by modifying the location of their app store.
- Since clubhouse is an invitation-only app, many people created a black market for this and started selling invite codes for 300 yuan (46 dollars) before the app was blocked.
- Most social media apps including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are banned in China, where the local internet is tightly regulated and often censored of content that could undermine the country’s ruling Communist Party.
What this means: The app is unlikely to return, given how much its model would have to change to comply with Chinese internet regulation.
Twitter launches Clubhouse competitor, Spaces
Twitter has launched Spaces, an app that could rival the popular Clubhouse.
Social media giant, Twitter has announced the launch of a voice content app for use mainly on iOS. Several users have been invited to join the Spaces feature for testing so far.
Twitter disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday announcing product updates and then during a Q&A session for the Spaces feature.
“Spaces is a place to come together, built around the voices of the people using Twitter, your Twitter community. Spaces are live for as long as they’re open; once ended, they will no longer be available publicly on Twitter,” Twitter said.
It added that the feature would be rolled out to a select few to learn and gather feedback from a variety of communities on Twitter.
“While anyone on iOS will be able to join a Space, only people in the small group will be able to create Spaces. We will expand the list of people who can create Spaces over time,” Twitter added.
What you should know
- Twitter is not the only social media giant working on a Clubhouse competitor. Nairametrics reported that Facebook is creating an audio chat similar to the popular audio chat app, Clubhouse.
New feature on Android allows you schedule text messages to send later
A new feature introduced on Android phones will allow users to schedule a message to be sent at a later time.
Google announced a new feature for Android phones that will allow you to schedule text messages to send at a later time and date.
This new feature will be available on Android 7 or newer versions of Android. You also need to have the latest version of Google Messages to enjoy this feature.
This new feature will allow you to compose a message ahead of time, whenever it’s convenient for you, then schedule it to be sent later when it’s a more appropriate time.
According to Google, over half a billion people across the world use Messages to seamlessly and safely connect with family, friends, and others every month so this feature can be particularly helpful especially if you have friends, family, or coworkers, and colleagues at other times zones.
To use this feature, Download the latest version of Google Messages
- Open Google Messages on your Android phone and choose who you want to send a message to.
- Create your text.
- Tap and hold the send button (instead of just tapping it).
- A schedule menu pops up. Choose when you’d like to send it — either later today, later tonight, tomorrow, or a date and time in the future.
That’s it. you’ll see a confirmation that it’s a scheduled message that won’t arrive at the recipient until your chosen date and time.
Other features released for Android includes a new password checkup tool available on devices running on Android 9 and above that lets you know if the password you used has been previously exposed and what to do about it, along with other improvements to products like its screen reader TalkBack for the visually impaired.
More intuitive gestures, a unified menu, a new reading control menu have been added to TalkBack, Dark theme on Google Maps, Assistant, and Android Auto.
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