An appearance by the Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow in the new social media app “Clubhouse“Creates debate. The left-wing politician had made several loose statements on the corona crisis rounds with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on Saturday night before a supposedly closed round.
The debate primarily triggered one Comment from the “Welt am Sonntag” (WamS) about the performance, in which Ramelow established several hours with SPD party offspring like Lilly Blaudszun SPD politicians like Kevin Kühnert as well as teenagers spoke.
WamS editor-in-chief Johannes Boie writes that Ramelow reported, among other things, that he gambled extensively on his mobile phone at the Prime Minister’s Conference of the federal states – this is where the course in the pandemic is decided. “I can manage up to ten levels of Candy Crush,” the paper quotes Ramelow. He also called the Chancellor “the little Merkel”. Ramelow also said casually about the Covid 19 deaths. His country has “too many dead” right now to be able to make points in debates.
The The “Clubhouse” app comes from a start-up in San Francisco and offers a social audio platform on which people can discuss live in so-called rooms – a mixture of radio talk show and Twitter discussion. Users point out on Twitter that, according to the forum’s guidelines, conversations from “clubhouse” conversations may only be quoted, recorded or transcribed if the participants have given their permission.
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In the WamS it says: “Even though the words were spoken in a relaxed atmosphere, it was obvious that Ramelow meant them seriously.” Ramelow said what came into his head, “knowing that at times more than 1,000 people were listening to him, including very many journalists that with Manuela Schwesig (SPD) another prime minister and other well-known politicians were present ”.
On Twitter, a user advises that, according to the guidelines of the service, conversations from clubhouse conversations may only be quoted, recorded or transcribed if the participants have given permission.
The WamS article says: “It is a journalistic duty to write about Ramelow’s political statements, about the behavior he himself describes in the pandemic. There is also public interest in the fact that the top politician made ambiguous allusions in the round, which was partly organized by teenagers. ”Ramelow has not yet commented on the specific allegations.
If a conservative politician had made such a statement, Boie continues, his further career might be called into question, the WamS continues. “While the Jusos, rarely embarrassed to recognize and stop sexism in details, let the Prime Minister speak, his counterpart Schwesig gently tried to slow him down.”
Statistically speaking, the app is only available to around one in five people in Germany, as it only works with an Apple IOS operating system. Around 80 percent in this country use Android devices. To become a member of “Clubhouse”, you have to be invited by another user.
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But that is also part of the recipe for success. On the one hand, the app has an exclusive and elitist character. On the other hand, both the creators of “Clubhouse” and the moderators of individual groups urge the members to link their profiles on other platforms and to comment on the content of the conversations there.
The hope behind it: Many people in networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram should want to become part of the community as quickly as possible and have a say.
How many users “Clubhouse” already has is unclear. The US start-up left a corresponding Tagesspiegel request unanswered. So far, the media, young entrepreneurs and politicians have been using the “Clubhouse”. For the latter, the spectrum ranges from Philipp Amthor (CDU) to Kühnert. With Christian Lindner (FDP) and Saskia Esken (SPD), two party leaders are already on the platform.
The Federal Cabinet already has three “Clubhouse” members: Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD), Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) and Digital State Minister Dorothee Bär (CSU). And many celebrities – from moderator Thomas Gottschalk to soccer player Mats Hummels to entrepreneur Carsten Maschmeyer – are already in the club.
On Saturday morning Ramelow first tweeted a thank you: “It was a nice evening,” he writes. Later, he is obviously upset about the WamS article, as the platform “turi2” reports: “Angry and with growing desperation, he tries to defend himself and explain himself until 1:39 am on Sunday morning in several rounds of talks – but does not get the toothpaste back into the tube. ”Ramelow’s conclusion was accordingly: It was“ a lesson ”for him, Boie’s behavior“ ruined ”the relaxed atmosphere in the“ clubhouse ”.
Ramelow told the dpa news agency on Sunday that he was using the smartphone game to clear his head in the long federal and state conferences. “Some play Sudoku, others play chess or Scrabble on their cell phones, and I play Candy Crush,” the left-wing politician told the dpa on Sunday. For him it is a way to relax. With the sometimes ten-hour long “marathon sessions”, as Ramelow said, with frequent interruptions, this was not a problem. It is not a secret either.
The left-wing politician complained that set pieces from the panel were later taken out of context. The topic of the panel discussion was “trash and features”. “When you talk about trash, it’s trashy,” said Ramelow. If you leave that out in a subsequent debate, he thinks it’s funny. “If you make a deeply serious thing out of it, that it shows how the politicians think when they are private – I find that difficult,” said Ramelow.
With a view to “Clubhouse” Ramelow expressed data protection concerns because users would be asked to allow access to their contacts. Ramelow is also bothered by the fact that the app is currently only available for iPhone users. “And it mustn’t stay that way, otherwise it won’t become my medium if it remains so elitist.”
Despite the criticism of his appearance on the audio app, Ramelow can currently envisage participating in further such discussion rounds. “I also just accompanied two other numbers as a listener and found it really exciting to hear young people debating certain questions,” he said. (Tsp)