Skip to comments.China cracks down on instant messaging services
Posted on 05/27/2014 7:31:14 PM PDT by Olog-hai
China is targeting popular smartphone-based instant messaging services in a month-long campaign to crack down on the spreading of rumors and what it calls hostile forces at home and abroad, the latest move to restrict online freedom of expression.
The official Xinhua News Agency said the campaign started Tuesday and the services targeted included WeChat, a service run by TenCent Holdings Ltd, which incorporates social media functions that resemble microblog features and that has surged in popularity the last two years.
Users can use such services to send messages to a select group of friends, or can follow public accounts, run by companies, social groups or celebrities, for example. Some accounts are also used by intellectuals, journalists and activists to comment on politics, law and society, and to post news reports shunned by mainstream media.
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Sounds very Obmanistic of them.
They’ve got lots of precedent.