‘Unfettered’ conversations taking place on Clubhouse, an 11-month old chatroom app

‘Unfettered’ conversations taking place on Clubhouse, an 11-month old chatroom app
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[Ed. – ‘Another term for “unfettered conversations” is free speech.’ –Mike Dorstewitz.]

Robert Van Winkle, who is better known as the rapper Vanilla Ice, held court online last week with more than 1,000 fans.

In a rambling conversation, Mr. Van Winkle praised the poses of the 1990s band Bell Biv DeVoe and demurred when asked about his relationship with Madonna. He dispensed advice on real estate and life, saying, “You got to protect your happiness to protect your life.”…

Several hours later, Mr. Van Winkle confessed that he needed to leave before the mother of his child got angry.

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It was the kind of freewheeling and unpredictable event that has been happening around the clock on Clubhouse, an 11-month-old social media app that has exploded in popularity with the tastemakers of tech and popular culture and that is quickly becoming a town square for debates over free speech and politics.

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