ICYMI: SOME CONCERNS ABOUT CLUBHOUSE
The rise of the audio only social media platform Clubhouse is raising some concerns about how the app will handle the spread of misinformation.
Clubhouse’s chat room conversations are not recorded by the app, making it “essentially impossible” to discern the spread of false information or harassment, Emerson Brooking, resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, told The Hill.
But experts also said that Clubhouse’s lack of a “reblog” function may mitigate the chance of viral misinformation spreading to wide audiences.
“If there’s anything that really sets it apart, it’s the diminished capacity for virality built into the platform itself,” said Aram Sinnreich, a professor at American University’s School of Communication.
The app is still in an invite only phase, but experts warned as more people join the platform the shifting user base and culture of the app could also lead to further risks of misinformation spreading.