Chinese Messaging App, WeChat, Forced To Close Down Dozens of News Accounts

Chinese Messaging App, WeChat, Forced To Close Down Dozens of News Accounts(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Dozens of accounts on the Chinese social messaging app, WeChat, have been closed due to the government’s tight control on the Internet.

The accounts removed, which contained hundreds of  thousands of subscribers, distributed political and legal news updates from investigative journalists from places like the China Business News and Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, Reuters reports.

“As part of the commitment to providing quality user experience on Weixin in China, we continually review and take measures on suspicious cases of spam, violent, pornographic and illegal content,” said Jerry Huang, a Shenzhen-based spokesman for WeChat.

“We also welcome users to report to us online or through our 24-hour hotline.”

In just a year, WeChat went from having 121 million global users to 272 million, making it a prominent news source for Chinese mobile users.

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