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The icon for the social media app Clubhouse is seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing The icon for the social media app Clubhouse is seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, Feb. 9, 2021 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).

‘Walled Off. Now What?’: Clubhouse’s Window Into China Closes

, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR contributor Rachel Cheung and Assistant Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curate the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. Subscribers can adjust their newsletter settings to receive China Note by email every week.

As China moved to block Clubhouse last Monday evening, a sense of impending doom spread among Chinese users on the audio-chat application that caught fire in the country this month. Moderators in group chats scrambled to let mainland Chinese speakers take to the podium, giving them a last chance to comment before they lose access to the app. ...

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