How to remove Clubhouse from Instagram in Settings
- Login to your Instagram account online
- Go to Settings
- Choose the Apps and Websites Setting
- You’ll see Clubhouse as one of the apps under Active
- Click “Remove”
- Bonus points if you click “View and Edit” before doing so
Why unlink Instagram and Clubhouse?
Theories on what Instagram is doing with the information that it gets from Clubhouse vary a lot. What is clear is that Instagram knows that you’re on Clubhouse and that Instagram logs whatever Clubhouse gives them for use by Facebook’s algorithms – but what info is that? Some believe that Instagram is additionally able to listen in on the mic and is therefore listening in on Clubhouse conversations and feeding it to their ad algorithm. Others have even warned that Instagram is shadow banning accounts that mention the keyword “Clubhouse” or even the club or house emojis in DMs. What is clear is that there is a sharp mistrust between Clubhouse users and Instagram. It is reported that Facebook is working on its own Clubhouse clone as we speak.
“By allowing, Clubhouse: Drop-in audio chat will receive ongoing access to your information and instagram will record when Clubhouse: Drop-in audio chat accesses it.”
If you are one of the rare animals that clicks “Learn more” during this process, it will reveal this explanation of what the word “record” means in this context:
“Apps and websites may request access to the information you’ve shared from Instagram. These requests are automatically logged by our systems and are not controlled by your device settings.”
So that’s what’s actually happening here:
Logging of when Clubhouse requests information from Instagram; Not Instagram literally recording audio when Clubhouse accesses it. When you unlink Instagram and Clubhouse in Instagram’s Settings, your Clubhouse profile still showcases your Instagram username so it’s a good thing to do, and it’s understandable why this piece of advice to unlink Instagram and Clubhouse continues to be heard through the grapevine.
On the Instagram side of things, CEO Adam Mosseri has previously responded to the always-listening mic accusation on CBS where he said:
“We don’t look at your messages, we don’t listen in on your microphone, doing so would be super problematic for a lot of different reasons. But I recognize you’re not gonna really believe me.”