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WECHAT CENSORS HONG KONG PROTEST POSTS

During Hong Kong demonstration, photos and posts related to combined keywords like “Hong Kong”, “protest” and “democracy” were deleted and made publicly inaccessible by the mobile micro-messaging service WeChat. This censorship only affected Chinese mainland users that weren’t able to view content published by accounts registered with Hong Kong phone numbers.

Multiple demands for explanation have been addressed to Tencent Holdings Ltd, WeChat owner and operator, but no respond has been released. These restrictions to freedom of expression have also impacted other popular internet companies such as Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo and photo-sharing social network Instagram, both accused of deleting posts and suffering of suspicious service interruptions.

After dominating its domestic market, Tencent has invested in realizing its strategy to expand beyond Asian borders last years; in spite of its prosperous starting, mainly due to Chinese expats all over the world, experts argue that these censorship policies will lead to an actual restraint for global markets success.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

(Source: The Wall Street Journal)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.