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Go read this look at how Clubhouse’s blocking system is problematic

Go read this look at how Clubhouse’s blocking system is problematic
In this photo illustration the Clubhouse logo is seen on a smartphone screen
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Anyone who’s spent more than five minutes on social media can tell you that most platforms have plenty of trolls, reply-guys and other people who may just be unpleasant to interact with. On big platforms like Twitter, Faecbook, and Instagram, the option to block another user allows you to keep someone out of your feed. Blocking is far from a perfect solution, but at least it gives users a way to continue to use the platforms and avoid (some) nasty interactions.

But as Will Oremus writes for The Atlantic, the year-old audio chat platform Clubhouse has a different mechanism for blocking, one that affects more than just the blocker and the blockee (I know, but what would you call it?):

When you block someone on Clubhouse, it doesn’t just…

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