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South Korea’s prime minister has joined Clubhouse – TechCrunch

After garnering an estimated 8 million downloads since its launch, Clubhouse’s reputation continues internationally and even exterior of its unique tech-focused seed neighborhood.

The newest news comes from East Asia, the place Korean media reported this morning that the nation’s present prime minister, Chung Sye-kyun, has formally joined the social audio app below the username @gyunvely, making him among the many most senior political leaders worldwide to affix the burgeoning app. His account was created on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) and was “nominated” by a consumer utilizing the identify of TJ Park (Clubhouse doesn’t have verified profiles).

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Clubhouse this weekend. Screenshot by Danny Crichton.

So far, the prime minister has garnered barely fewer than 500 followers and is following a bit fewer than 200 accounts, maybe indicating the app’s present attain in one of many world’s most cell and related digital economies. His Clubhouse bio reads “노란잠바 그 아저씨” or “That Yellow Jacket Guy,” a reference to the Korean civil protection uniform worn by politicians in occasions of disaster (similar to all through the COVID-19 pandemic) and which presently serves — in cartoon kind — as Chung’s profile image.

South Korean politicians typically put on yellow civil protection uniforms in occasions of nationwide disaster. Photo by South Korean Presidential Blue House by way of Getty Images

According to native media reviews, Chung spoke in a Clubhouse room for over an hour with fellow Democratic Party of Korea member Jung Cheong-rae. In a public Facebook publish yesterday, the prime minister stated that “I heard this [app] is ‘hot’ these days so I tried it as a nighttime walk.”

He additional stated “I was a little startled by the unexpected questions and reactions but the new experience was enjoyable. I think I’ll participate from time to time in the future.” Elaborating, he stated “the fact that it’s audio-only and everyone can have a conversation without reserve made me think that it’s a better communication tool than any other social media platforms, especially since currently we’re living in the age of non-face-to-face communication.”

Discussions within the Clubhouse room included questions asking whether or not it was actually him, to extra bread-and-butter coverage points just like the excessive worth of actual property and bodily abuse within the sports activities world, which has dominated headlines in latest weeks in native media.

While Clubhouse has turn into one thing of a fixture for techies and each type of hustle tradition connoisseur conceivable, the app has more and more made forays into politics which are hardly unknown to different social networks.

Miami’s mayor Francis Suarez has been on Clubhouse to promote his metropolis’s potential for the tech business. San Francisco district legal professional Chesa Boudin joined a “debate” on the platform about the way forward for SF, whereas NYC mayoral aspirant and throughout UBI nerd Andrew Yang joined a discussion about … himself. Meanwhile, Bitcoin aficionado and itinerant Tesla chief Elon Musk has even proposed bringing Vladimir Putin onto Clubhouse for a stay hearth chat.

Yet, because the platform expands globally, the challenges to its open and free-wheeling if considerably moderated conversations are coming below nearer scrutiny. China has now blocked Clubhouse inside its borders after a quick interval of uncensored dialog.

As Clubhouse continues to garner mainstream legitimacy and curiosity, questions proceed to percolate on the way forward for the app’s success, similar to the way it will fund creators and proceed to thrive as soon as the world opens up after COVID-19.

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