In March, at least a dozen accounts by outspoken bloggers that debate political and social issues were shuttered, and in April, a chat group made up of scholars and activists working on human rights in China was deleted.
Despite growing concerns that China’s most popular social messaging app, We Chat, is spying on its users, experts are insisting that the company has done no wrong.
China’s We Chat censoring ‘sensitive’ photos, not just text, study shows We Chat is China’s most popular social media application with 889 million active users worldwide by the end of 2016.
China has itself blocked foreign social media, including Facebook and Twitter, at home on the basis of domestic rules and regulations.
“Users tend to think they are in a weaker position compared with companies,” he said, suggesting that Tencent should therefore work harder to ensure that users feel safe.
Li Tiejun, an internet security expert, told Sixth Tone that the current public worry seems to stem from a “feeling” expressed by the auto executive, and that there is no hard evidence to prove that Tencent has been checking or storing users’ chat logs.
The annual We Chat user behaviour report released on Monday by Penguin Intelligence, a Tencent research arm, found that 87.7 per cent of We Chat users use the app for daily work communication.Cybersecurity fears were reignited on Monday when Li Shufu, the billionaire chairman of Hangzhou-headquartered automaker Geely, directed barbs at Tencent-owned We Chat during his keynote address at an entrepreneurship forum.He alleged that the company was guilty of privacy infringements, and that its CEO, Pony Ma, checked users’ We Chat conversations daily. By using We Chat, you agree to this Acceptable Use Policy, which sets out the rules of good behaviour applicable to your use of We Chat.Should you have any questions about this We Chat Acceptable Use Policy, please contact us at [email protected] internet giant Tencent has closed 20 million accounts on its messaging app We Chat, 5% of the total, because they offered prostitution services, according to Chinese state media, who dubbed the campaign operation “Thunder Strike.” The move is part of a wider government campaign to create a “healthy cyberspace,” which has included cracking down on pornography and salacious fan fiction, as well as the American television show .Last month, when announcing that messaging app platforms like We Chat and others would be cooperating, Chinese authorities said police would “hold service providers responsible if they do not fulfill their duty.” This campaign, we’ve pointed out, may have as much to do with getting rid of smut as it does with reminding the country’s growing privately owned internet companies to toe the government line. We Chat, China’s top social networking app initially designed for close friends to chitchat, is quietly taking over workplaces across the country, a study has found.Operated by the Hong Kong-listed Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings, We Chat – more often known as Weixin – on the mainland, is already the dominant app in the country with 889 million monthly active users.You agree not to engage in any of the following prohibited activities on or in relation to We Chat, or allow any person to use your account with us to do the same: Please note that there may be technological measures in We Chat Software that are designed to prevent unlicensed or unauthorised use of We Chat Software or use of We Chat Software in breach of this We Chat Acceptable Use Policy.You agree that we may use these measures and that you will not seek to disable or circumvent them in any way.