Thousands of Chinese had flocked to the app, which allowed unfettered discussion with people abroad about democracy, Taiwan, and other sensitive topics.
Zeng Jiajun, a former tech worker, fell in love with social media app Clubhouse, a window through the ruling Communist Party’s pervasive censorship, after listening to a freewheeling discussion between members of China’s Uyghur minority and Han majority that wound up lasting 12 hours.
Some Han Chinese questioned news reports about detention camps. Others urged fellow Han to avoid generalizations of Uyghurs as terrorists. Some disruptive listeners were kicked out.
Another popular topic was Taiwan, the self-ruled island that split with the mainland in 1949 amid a civil war.
This article was written by Joe McDonald and Dake Kang
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