Apps & Mobile

Clubhouse has a BIG problem (but we have the solution)

Clubhouse is turning into the must-have social media app of 2021 one, but the invite exclusive platform’s audio-only format is leaving those with disabilities behind.

Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix

Clubhouse is the must-have social media app of 2021 that’s all-in on audio, but it’s leaving people with disabilities behind.

Clubhouse is the most popular new social media app to launch since TikTok. Every day, thousands join the invitation-only platform to participate in drop-in audio chats, and thousands more are searching online for someone who can grant them access. Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and numerous music industry influencers have already hosted successful Clubhouse events, and more people in power will no doubt use it to reach content consumers soon.

But Clubhouse has a big problem on its hands. Despite being the hot new app of 2021, the voice-focused platform creates unnecessary hurdles for people with speech, hearing, and vision-related disabilities. As one writer for Forbes put it, the app is now so exclusive that it excludes thousands of disabled people with no evidence of corrective developments on the horizon.

In this Music Biz update, host James Shotwell explains the utility of Clubhouse, the drawbacks to its UI, and ways the company can improve its service to make it more enjoyable for a more diverse audience.

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