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Clubhouse banned in China

Fast-rising audio chat app Clubhouse doesn’t seem to be available in China anymore.

Clubhouse users in mainland China started complaining of disruptions on Monday, Reuters reported.

The disruptions aren’t due to technical issues; the service has been banned by the Chinese authorities, TechCrunch said. An outright ban certainly isn’t out of the ordinary, as numerous U.S.-based social media services, including Twitter and Facebook, are already banned in China.

The ban comes just as Clubhouse started gaining popularity in China. According to The Guardian, a hashtag on Weibo that referred to Clubhouse as “the Renaissance of China” was viewed at least 50,000 times before it, too, was banned …