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Owner Tencent Holdings Limited
Website (International) (China)

WeChat is a Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment app developed by Tencent. It was first released in 2011, and became one of the world's largest standalone mobile apps in 2018,[1][2] with over 1 billion monthly active users.[3][4][5] WeChat has been described as China's "app for everything" and a "super app" because of its wide range of functions.[6][7][8] Due to its popularity, user activity on WeChat is used for mass surveillance in China.[9][10][11] WeChat also censors politically sensitive topics in China.[12][13][14][15]

See also

  • WeChat article from Wikipedia


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  8. "How WeChat Became China’s App For Everything". Fast Company. 2 January 2017.
  9. Cockerell, Isobel (9 May 2019). "Inside China's Massive Surveillance Operation". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  10. Dou, Eva (Dec 8, 2017). "Jailed for a Text: China's Censors Are Spying on Mobile Chat Groups". Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  11. McDonell, Stephen (7 June 2019). "WeChat and the Surveillance State". Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  12. "China: World Leader of Internet Censorship". June 3, 2011.
  13. Sonnad, Nikki (April 17, 2017). "What happens when you try to send politically sensitive messages on WeChat".
  14. Millward, Steven (January 10, 2013). "Now China's WeChat App is Censoring Its Users Globally". Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  15. Muncaster, Phil (January 11, 2013). "China censors chat users outside China". Retrieved December 12, 2017.

Pages in category "WeChat"

The following 24 pages are in this category, out of 24 total.