Clubhouse has confirmed that a user was able to divert audio from the app to a third-party website, raising concerns about the platform’s privacy.
A spokesperson for the service He said Bloomberg that a user streamed the Clubhouse audio streams from various rooms to their own third-party website.
Since then, the company has permanently banned the user and added new safeguards to prevent another similar incident from occurring, but did not provide details on what these safeguards might look like.
This incident comes a week after the invitation-only iOS app promised to increase safeguards against Chinese espionage fears. TO Stanford Internet Observatory report had found that ID numbers and chat room IDs were transmitted in plain text, which could allow people to determine which users are communicating with each other.
In response to the report, Clubhouse had added safeguards and locks to prevent users from transmitting pings to Chinese servers.
Clubhouse is a fairly new social media platform that connects users through audio conversations. The application can only be accessed by invitation, after which participants can move around the virtual rooms discussing various topics.
The app has gained traction in recent weeks and months, as notable people like Elon Musk have joined the conversations on the app.
It is clear that other social media platforms are preparing to compete with the app, as Facebook and Twitter are working to clone the service and offer it within their own platforms.