Clubhouse- the latest social media app that has become all the hype this past year, was decked with a number of anti-semitism complaints, due to which it had to shut down several of its audio chatrooms. 

The discriminatory chats were uncovered on Sunday when a Twitter user with the handle @EliKohn3 wrote about a chat on Clubhouse that discussed “Jewish Privilege,” where they said users were repeating and promoting anti-Semitic stereotypes.“Nearly 200 people talking about how Jews control the federal reserve, Jews were behind the trans-Atlantic slave trade, minorities are pawns for the Jews to destroy whites,” @EliKohn3 wrote. “I can’t believe the amount of antisemitism omg.”

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Responding to this tweet on the same day, and taking swift action, Clubhouse announced that it had shut down groups that violated its anti-discrimination policies.“We shut down a number of rooms found to be in violation and, where appropriate, issued suspensions and removed users indefinitely,” it said, responding to @EliKohn3’s tweet but not referring specifically to any accounts or groups. “All forms of racism, antisemitism, hate speech, and abuse are prohibited on Clubhouse and are a direct violation of the Community Guidelines.”

Talking about the incident, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt told Jewish Insider, “The antisemitism that we have seen spread on Clubhouse in recent weeks, particularly the ugly surge this weekend, is a painful reminder of the persistence of anti-Jewish hate and how it infects so much of social media. This weekend we know that there was a torrent of ugly, indisputable hatred, from raw Holocaust denialism to disgusting lies about the Jewish people and slanderous claims against the Jewish state.”

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Just about a year old, the App is still reportedly facing troubles with moderation since such anti-semitic incidents were also uncovered in the past. Last year, Jewish users on Clubhouse say they no longer feel safe on the app after a heated conversation in September, which many participants felt perpetuated racist stereotypes. Intended to discuss anti-Semitism in Black communities, the event had 369 participants and lasted roughly three hours. Clubhouse is an invitation-only social media app for iOS that facilitates auditory communication through rooms that can accommodate groups of up to 5,000 people. The audio-only app hosts virtual rooms for live discussions, with opportunities for individuals to participate through speaking and listening. 

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