Factchecking Org Poynter Openly Wonders Why We Don’t Take Censorship Cues from Xi Jinping

Factchecking Org Poynter Openly Wonders Why We Don’t Take Censorship Cues from Xi Jinping


On Thursday, an article in The Poynter Institute for Media Studies labored over the supposed problem with the new iOS social media platform Clubhouse complicating factchecking. The author praises the Communist Party of China (CCP) for censoring the application, likening fact-checking to censorship and seemingly calling for the U.S. government to institute similar policies.

Discussing Clubhouse, the drop-in audio chat platform that launched in April 2020 and is now number five on the iOS App Store, the article by Cristina Tardáguila laments that videos are not recorded. This prevents documentation for fact-checking: a major blow to journalists who make a living by arbitrating truth.

“It will be not only hard to choose what club to join but Clubhouse also requires that fact-checkers listen to hours and hours of conversations before selecting what claims should be assessed,” the author writes. She continues:

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With the myriad of other platforms fact-checkers are forced to contend with, would it be best for

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