The social audio app Clubhouse is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration picture taken February 8, 2021. Photo: Reuters
The social audio app Clubhouse is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration picture taken February 8, 2021. Photo: Reuters
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With Clubhouse blocked, can the audio-only chat phenomenon go mainstream in China?

  • History has shown that the blocking of a foreign internet service in China often leads to the rise of a home-grown version behind Beijing’s Great Firewall
  • Chinese audio apps would likely focus on delivering content related to entertainment rather than political debate, which got Clubhouse blocked in the first place

The social audio app Clubhouse is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration picture taken February 8, 2021. Photo: Reuters
The social audio app Clubhouse is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration picture taken February 8, 2021. Photo: Reuters

Corrected [3:49pm, 11 Feb, 2021]

  • [3:49pm, 11 Feb, 2021]

    In the original, Matthew Brennan was misquoted as saying Kik grew to a million users in China when Mr. Brennan actually meant globally.

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