Chinese social media platform WeChat could be a key battleground in the federal election - 2019-03-27

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F0.png Chinese social media platform WeChat could be a key battleground in the federal election March 27, 2019, Wanning Sun, The Conversation

Mainstream Australian politicians have long used social platforms like Twitter and Facebook to engage voters, but their use of WeChat is a relatively recent phenomenon.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened his official WeChat account in early February in anticipation of the forthcoming federal election. But he wasn't the first Australian prime minister to open a WeChat account. Kevin Rudd claimed that honour nearly six years ago.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten had already taken to WeChat by May 2017, while Chris Bowen was the first federal Labor politician to own a subscription account. In October 2017, he became the first politician from either side of politics to use WeChat Live to engage and interact in real-time with the Chinese community.

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{{cite news | first = Wanning | last = Sun | title = Chinese social media platform WeChat could be a key battleground in the federal election | url = https://theconversation.com/chinese-social-media-platform-wechat-could-be-a-key-battleground-in-the-federal-election-113925 | work = The Conversation | date = March 27, 2019 | accessdate = October 15, 2019 }}