One of the unique aspects of Clubhouse when it first launched was that it was a completely audio-only platform. However, the company has since acknowledged that not all participants might want to speak, and have since introduced a new feature that lets users send messages instead.
For those unfamiliar, Clubhouse is a social media platform that lets users host various groups or clubhouses surrounding various topics and subjects. Users can participate in these groups by speaking like they would amongst a group of friends or at a townhall meeting.
It’s actually not a bad idea and since you can’t really hide behind your voice, it did reduce instances of trolling and harassment that you might find on other social media platforms. With this new chat feature, users will be able to send messages and participate in meetings if they don’t feel comfortable talking out loud, or if they’re somewhere where it isn’t convenient to talk.
Clubhouse notes that creators will be able to decide if they want to enable chats when they start a room, which means that not all rooms will necessarily support the feature as it will be up to creators to choose. Creators can also appoint moderators and delete messages if they’re inappropriate, and there are also reporting tools if it gets out of hand.