Clubhouse policy prohibits users from recording conversations without a participant’s consent, but the company says it temporarily records the audio to investigate reports of policy violations. It does not specify who can listen to those recordings or when.
A Clubhouse spokesman declined to comment.
However, something about the natural, intimate nature of the chats – open to everyone regardless of fame or number of followers – keeps people on the hook. Away from government propaganda, Clubhouse allows Qataris to reach their Saudi neighbors after years of feud between nations, and Egyptians access to Muslim Brotherhood defenders. spear.
“People have been craving this kind of communication for a long time, but I don’t think they realized it until they started using Clubhouse,” said Tharwat Abaza, 28, an Egyptian dentist. , feminism, sex education needs in Arab countries and mental health. “At the moment it’s one of the most free platforms and it gives us room for important discussions that we should have without fear of being hunted down by witches.”
Of course, there are more Clubhouse rooms that charge less than in the Middle East, discussing penguin cuteness, entrepreneurship, recipes, parting and music. During the holy month of Ramadan, users in some countries are offering live Qur’an recitations and general prayer rooms.
But if Clubhouse can act as group therapy, talk show, home party or seminar, it stands out for its political potential.
In Iran, despite predictions of a low turnout rate ahead of the June 18 presidential election, the electoral-focused Clubhouse rooms were among the most popular. Thousands of people join every day at a time when live campaign is limited by pandemic.