The Clubhouse blocking tool causes a user crisis


Anyone who spent more than five minutes on social media can tell you that most platforms have a lot of trolls and other people with whom interaction may be unpleasant. Large platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram give you the option to block Another user and while it may not be a perfect solution, it at least gives users a way to keep using the platforms and avoid (some) bad interactions.

According to The Atlantic, according to technology expert Will Oremus, the one-year-old Clubhouse voice chat platform has a different blocking mechanism, and it is one that affects more than just a blocking tool. When you block someone in the Clubhouse, it doesn't just affect Communication between the two of you is just as it is on Facebook or Twitter, and it even limits the way this person can communicate with others as well. Once blocked, they cannot join or even see any room you create or speak in - which effectively blocks them from anyone else in that room, and anyone else from the audience you have banned will be banned as long as you are in the room, and if you are a moderator in a room, you can block the speaker. And take him out of the conversation in real-time even if he's in the middle of a sentence.

Therefore, the black badge in the Clubhouse can limit who speaks, where, and when on the platform and affect multiple interactions. It can also be a weapon in the Clubhouse, to silence some views or restrict conversations, according to the verge.

One user in her twenties studying medicine said that she was prevented from attending rooms discussing vaccination because an influential opponent of vaccination that frequented those rooms prevented her. She also found herself suddenly blocked from the weekly WandaVision party club, which became her favorite experience on the app, indicating that a member had blocked her.

The hype around Clubhouse which attracted 10 million users in its inaugural year is fading away a bit. It recently released a version for Android devices only, and new users can only join when an existing user is invited. Add to that the growing popularity and superior accessibility of Twitter's voice chat platform. Spaces, and it looks like the Clubhouse may be on a bumpy road ahead.

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