Without verification, Clubhouse fakes drive big discussions in the app | Applications and Software

Last Tuesday (16), it was the turn of Brad Pitt shine among famous users of Clubhouse, the new social audio network that has been giving us something to talk about. The surprise is that, despite using the name and a photo of the American actor and producer, the profile was not really Pitt, but Jacob Tran, a photographer from New York who had nothing to do with the star. Hollywood, according to information from Forbes.


Clubhouse Image: William Krause / Unsplash)

Without commenting on the chat, the fake was able to move the discussion about climate change with thousands of other users in an application room, adding moderators and watching everything in silence. The conversation lasted for hours, and involved people really connected to the subject, such as hospitality and textile industry experts who contributed with their thoughts on waste and waste disposal.

Even promises of investments in startups were made during the chat. Everyone thought they were arguing before Brad Pitt’s attentive ears.

“People were getting together and I was just looking at the biographies,” Tran told Jesse Damiani, a Forbes contributor. “I saw that the craziest people were following me, like actors or notable people. And then developers and people started to appear in the cryptocurrency space, as the founder of Litecoin. ”

In addition to Jacob, a friend of his also pretended to be another famous person: Quentin Tarantino. According to them, the intention was never to “troll” anyone. The idea was to have fun in rooms with other friends, but strangers started to show up – because that’s exactly what happens at the Clubhouse.

They were only discovered when, after a long time, someone decided to ask if Brad was really … Brad.

Against the Service Terms of Use

A fake on a social network is far from new – but there’s more but in this story. As an extremely “young” platform, founded in 2020, the Clubhouse still lacks important features that guarantee some levels of security for users, such as checking accounts, common on other networks, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Given that the Clubhouse hype is largely due to the influence of celebrities, such as pioneers Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, the absence of mechanisms to certify the veracity of the account and what is published by it sounds somewhat problematic.

According to the application’s own Terms of Use, the creation of false or duplicate accounts at the Clubhouse is prohibited. The social network states that “you must use a real name and identity in the service, and also does not allow users to include the term” verified account “or icons / emojis that could represent this status – which could confuse others.

Clubhouse only accepts registrations by invitation (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Clubhouse chat room (Image: Darlan Helder / Tecnoblog)

Still, this is not enough to keep fakes out full time, and the Clubhouse’s relationship with privacy and security is not yet fully explored. According to its own policies, the network states that “you use the service at your own risk” and that “no Internet or email transmission is completely secure or error-free”.

What about Jacob Tran? And Brad Pitt?

After being discovered, Jacob Tran had his account (@bradpitt) denounced and banned, as required by Clubhouse policies. But the big question here is what fake accounts with celebrity names can do, especially at the beginning, when people are still discovering the app.

If you are a user of the service, it is important to redouble your attention when participating in chats with celebrities, especially on more delicate subjects.

Clubhouse states that “it cannot control the actions of users on the platform, who may seek to use third party applications or devices to record, store or share content or communication without the prior consent of other users”, so it is important to be aware that despite to be made for “real users”, there are still vulnerabilities in the social network.

With information: Forbes

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