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Warning WeChat could spread Chinese propaganda during federal election - 2019-01-27

F73.png Warning WeChat could spread Chinese propaganda during federal election January 27, 2019, Max Koslowski, Sydney Morning Herald

Security experts warn Beijing could spread propaganda in the lead-up to the federal election through popular social messaging service WeChat, which is facing less government scrutiny than US tech giants such as Facebook and Twitter.

The International Cyber Policy Institute – part of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute – has warned WeChat's 1.5 million monthly Australian users could be exposed to disinformation, censorship and propaganda on the closely regulated Chinese messaging service.

While security analysts are divided about how serious a threat the Chinese Communist Party will pose come May, they point out WeChat is subject to strict controls from Beijing.

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{{cite news | first = Max | last = Koslowski | title = Warning WeChat could spread Chinese propaganda during federal election | url = https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/warning-wechat-could-spread-chinese-propaganda-during-federal-election-20190118-p50s90.html | work = Sydney Morning Herald | date = January 27, 2019 | accessdate = October 15, 2019 }}