After garnering an estimated eight million downloads since its launch, Clubhouse’s reputation continues internationally and even outdoors of its unique tech-focused seed neighborhood.
The newest information comes from East Asia, the place Korean media reported this morning that the nation’s present prime minister, Chung Sye-kyun, has formally joined the social audio app underneath the username @gyunvely, making him among the many most senior political leaders worldwide to hitch the burgeoning app. His account was created on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) and was “nominated” by a person utilizing the identify of TJ Park (Clubhouse doesn’t have verified profiles).
To date, the prime minister has garnered barely fewer than 500 followers and is following a bit fewer than 200 accounts, maybe indicating the app’s present attain in one of many world’s most cell and linked digital economies. His Clubhouse bio reads “노란잠바 그 아저씨” or “That Yellow Jacket Man,” a reference to the Korean civil protection uniform worn by politicians in occasions of disaster (reminiscent of all through the COVID-19 pandemic) and which at present serves — in cartoon type — as Chung’s profile image.
In response to native media reviews, Chung spoke in a Clubhouse room for over an hour with fellow Democratic Social gathering of Korea member Jung Cheong-rae. In a public Fb publish yesterday, the prime minister mentioned that “I heard this [app] is ‘sizzling’ today so I attempted it as a nighttime stroll.”
He additional mentioned “I used to be a bit of startled by the surprising questions and reactions however the brand new expertise was fulfilling. I believe I’ll take part on occasion sooner or later.” Elaborating, he mentioned “the truth that it’s audio-only and everybody can have a dialog with out reserve made me assume that it’s a greater communication instrument than another social media platforms, particularly since at present we’re residing within the age of non-face-to-face communication.”
Discussions within the Clubhouse room included questions asking whether or not it was actually him, to extra bread-and-butter coverage points just like the excessive value of actual property and bodily abuse within the sports activities world, which has dominated headlines in latest weeks in native media.
Whereas Clubhouse has turn into one thing of a fixture for techies and each type of hustle tradition connoisseur possible, the app has more and more made forays into politics which might be hardly unknown to different social networks.
Miami’s mayor Francis Suarez has been on Clubhouse to promote his metropolis’s potential for the tech business. San Francisco district legal professional Chesa Boudin joined a “debate” on the platform about the way forward for SF, whereas NYC mayoral aspirant and throughout UBI nerd Andrew Yang joined a dialogue about … himself. In the meantime, Bitcoin aficionado and itinerant Tesla chief Elon Musk has even proposed bringing Vladimir Putin onto Clubhouse for a stay hearth chat.
But, because the platform expands globally, the challenges to its open and free-wheeling if considerably moderated conversations are coming underneath nearer scrutiny. China has now blocked Clubhouse inside its borders after a short interval of uncensored dialog.
As Clubhouse continues to garner mainstream legitimacy and curiosity, questions proceed to percolate on the way forward for the app’s success, reminiscent of the way it will fund creators and proceed to thrive as soon as the world opens up after COVID-19.