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Clubhouse users now unable to use app in mainland China

Social platform has become forum for talk on Xinjiang and Tiananmen Square

Social audio app Clubhouse has been blocked on mainland China, users report.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Audio chat app Clubhouse appeared to have been blocked in mainland China on Monday evening following politically sensitive discussions on the platform that caught the attention of Chinese authorities, users said.

At 7 p.m., users across China began to report system errors when accessing the U.S.-developed social media app, according to users in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan and Guangzhou. A notification appeared when they tried to open the app, saying "a secure connection to the server cannot be made" -- a typical error that occurs when Chinese regulators block a website.

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