Clubhouse each person who’s spent more than 5 minutes on social media can let you know that most platforms have lots of trolls, reply guys, and other folks who can also be ugly to engage. On massive platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, the choice to block any other user allows you to hold a person out of your feed.
Blocking is away from a perfect answer, but as a minimum, it gives customers a way to preserve to use of the platforms and avoid some nasty interactions.
However, as Will Oremus writes for The Atlantic, the year-old audio chat platform Clubhouse has a unique mechanism for blocking, one that impacts more than simply the blocker and the blocked:
When you block someone on Clubhouse, it will affect the communication between the two of you and the contact on Facebook or Twitter. On the contrary, it also restricts the way people communicate with others. Once blocked, they will not join or even see any room you created, or space where you are talking, effectively blocking everyone else in that room. If you are taken to the audience to speak on the “stage,” then anyone else in the audience who you block will always leave the stage as long as you are there. And, if you are the host of a meeting room, you can stop speakers and guide them from the conversation in real-time, even if they are in the middle sentence.
So, in essence, a “black badge” on the Clubhouse can restrict who speaks, where, and when at the platform. As Oremus notes, it’s a social act to block any other individual on Clubhouse, one that impacts more than one interaction. And participants of underrepresented agencies said that blocking could be “weaponized” on Clubhouse to squelch positive points of view or limit conversations:
A black woman in her twenties who is studying medicine said she was barred from entering rooms in the black community where vaccination was discussed because an influential anti-vaxxer who frequented these rooms prevented her. She also found herself abruptly quitting the weekly WandaVision viewing party club, which has become her favorite experience on the app, apparently because a member stopped her.
The buzz around Clubhouse— which attracted 10 million customers in its inaugural year— has started to fizzle out a piece; it simplest these days launched a version for Android devices, and new users can only join when invited by using a present-day user. Add to that the rising reputation and superior accessibility of Twitter’s audio chat platform spaces, and it seems Clubhouse may be in for a bumpy ride ahead. Study this evaluation of why its unusual blockading machine might also, in the end, contribute to the platform’s decline.