If you’ve been following the tech news lately, you may have noticed that a new app called Clubhouse is getting a lot of attention.

While the app is still in its early stages, it is set to be wildly popular, and Twitter and Facebook are actively developing features that clone some of the more interesting Clubhouse functionality.

What is the clubhouse

In essence, Clubhouse allows users to start voice chat rooms that anyone can join. This allows a group of friends to have a persistent place to log in and talk to each other, and as the platform grows in popularity, it has also been a way for notable people like Elon Musk to organize clubs and speak publicly with their followers.

People can schedule conversations in the app, so depending on who you follow, there can always be an interesting discussion to join. That said, there are also ‘open’ chat rooms that anyone can log into.

Once a chat room is created, the first two people who join are automatically tagged as ‘Speakers’ and have the power to speak. The rest of the chat room users are ‘Listeners’ and need to be invited by a mod or speaker to speak.

These open rooms are great and can lead to fun conversations, but they also have a dark side, as they can provide a platform for hate speech and racism. The app uses moderation similar to Reddit, which assigns select users called ‘Mods’ to control and set the rules for each chat room.

Since its inception, this method has not worked incredibly well, leading to numerous reports of hate speech, deceptive deeds, and other wrongdoing. Since some chat rooms even have pseudo-Ted Talk vibes, the people speaking often seem to be teaching, even if they are just sharing opinions.

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This has led the application development team to launch a new community guidelines blog post.

It is also difficult for the platform to moderate these conversations. If someone says something racist on Twitter, Facebook, or a text-based platform, you can report that post.

With the voice, things become more difficult. How do you perceive a person speaking live or thousands of humans speaking live at the same time?

Where does it go from here?

The app is still in its early stages, and the only way to access it right now is to be invited by someone already using the Clubhouse.

With all of this in mind, Clubhouse needs to find a way to keep its platform safe and constructive for everyone if its goal is to catch up with key social media competitors like Twitter and Facebook.

At the moment you can only download the free iOS app. Android will arrive sometime later.

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