Are you using the Clubhouse app? If you oversee your own social media, you may feel pressure to explore this new platform. I recently appeared on Fox News to discuss Clubouse privacy concerns – read on to learn more or watch the video below.
What is Clubhouse?
Who’s using it?
What to Be Aware of When it Comes to Clubhouse Privacy Concerns
- Technically, users are not permitted to record conversations but that doesn’t stop users from doing it. In fact, users have been banned for “collecting” conversations and posting them to other websites (including live streaming outside the community, like on YouTube) without participants’ knowledge.
- Next, the app’s infrastructure uses Agora, a company based in China – this means that conversations could potentially be accessed by the Chinese government. The company says it has put safeguards in place now. According to Stanford University, in February, though, the government blocked a Mandarin-language debate for users in China. The app has since been banned for Chinese users altogether.
- There is little control- moderators can remove and block trolls and bullies, but by then the damage has been done. And, generally, anyone can set up a room and say anything, leading to concerns about spreading conspiracy theories and outright scams.
- The Clubhouse app records user conversations temporarily in case an abuse incident is reported, at which time the admins may review recorded conversations. However, your microphone remains active and is recorded during a call, even if you move to another app while leaving the Clubhouse room open.
- Finally, one of the greatest concerns is that in order to extend invitations, you are required to allow the app access to your entire contact list. This means that even if you don’t use the app, friends who do use it and have you in their contact list have granted Clubhouse access to your phone number and any other info they have stores (possibly your name, email address, photo and more).