Clubhouse Popularity Soars As Privacy And Security Remain Key Challenges
Clubhouse, an audio-only social networking app, has been getting immensely popular in the last couple of weeks. The app gained popularity when Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, gave an interview on the platform.
The interview was being heard by more than 5,000 people on the app. The interview was streamed on YouTube, which is against the Terms of Services of Clubhouse. Since then, the Clubhouse has found its way to the top of the list of startup apps.
Paul Davison and Rohan Seth founded the app in March of 2020, Clubhouse currently has more than two million users.
One interesting thing to note here is that the app is invite-only, with one user able to invite only two more to the platform. Many popular celebrities such as Jared Leto, Kevin Hart, Kayne West have made an appearance on the platform.
In the last few days, many users were concerned about their privacy when speculations about the app being not safe came to the spotlight.
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What are Clubhouse privacy concerns?
The biggest privacy concern when it comes to Clubhouse is that anyone can record a room. Last month, the Stanford Internet Observatory found out that one user was recording all audio from various rooms and streaming it to another website. The app quickly responded to Bloomberg, stating they immediately banned the user for breaching their ToS. Moreover, the company said they have implemented safeguard features that will ensure this does not happen again.
A week later, several other privacy concerns put Clubhouse back in the spotlight. This time, the Stanford Internet Observatory found out that the app lacked basic security features. Clubhouse shared users Clubhouse ID and their chatroom ID in plaintext. Also, the company responsible for handling the backend is a Chinese company named Agora.
It seems like the company has to still work on user privacy quite a bit before it is publicly available. Despite all privacy concerns, Clubhouse continues to gain popularity at a steady pace.
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