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By Timmy Shen and Shen Xinyue / Feb 24, 2021 12:43 PM / Business & Tech

China’s internet sector has reacted swiftly to the sudden popularity of American audio drop-in chat app Clubhouse, with at least two similar apps rolled out since it was blocked in China earlier this month.

A similar app called “Now”, developed by internet startup Tianjin Xiaochuan Technology Co. Ltd., was made available on Apple’s App Store last weekend, and its functional design and interface are very similar to those of Clubhouse.

Also, Hong Kong-listed livestreaming platform Inke Ltd. recently rolled out “Duihuaba”, or “Let’s Chat,” but it has since been removed for “upgrades,” according to the company, from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Clubhouse is an invitation-only, audio-based app that allows users to set up public or private live chatrooms.

Read the full story here.

Contact reporter Timmy Shen (hongmingshen@caixin.com)

Related: Chinese Users of Clubhouse App Say Service Appears to Be Blocked


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