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WeChat

Instant messaging, social media, and mobile payment app developed by Tencent.

Connecting over a billion people around the world, WeChat is a free messaging and calling app available on iOS, Android, Windows, and MacOS. Enjoy group chats that support voice and video calls, photos, videos, and stickers.

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WeChat and Weixin (Chinese: 微信; pinyin: Wēixìn (listen); lit. 'micro-message') are a Chinese instant messaging, social media, and mobile payment app developed by Tencent. First released in 2011, it became the world's largest standalone mobile app in 2018 with over 1 billion monthly active users. WeChat has been described as China's "app for everything" and a super-app because of its wide range of functions. WeChat provides text messaging, hold-to-talk voice messaging, broadcast (one-to-many) messaging, video conferencing, video games, mobile payment, sharing of photographs and videos and location sharing.

Accounts registered using Chinese phone numbers are managed under the Weixin brand, and their data is stored in mainland China and subject to Weixin's terms of service and privacy policy, which forbids content which "endanger[s] national security, divulge[s] state secrets, subvert[s] state power and undermine[s] national unity". Non-Chinese numbers are registered under WeChat, and WeChat users are subject to a different, less strict terms of service and stricter privacy policy, and their data is stored in the Netherlands for users in the European Union, and in Singapore for other users. User activity on Weixin, the Chinese version of the app, is analyzed, tracked and shared with Chinese authorities upon request as part of the mass surveillance network in China. Chinese-registered Weixin accounts censor politically sensitive topics. Data transmitted by WeChat accounts registered outside China is surveilled, analyzed and used to build up censorship algorithms in China.

In response to a border dispute between India and China, WeChat was banned in India in June 2020 along with several other Chinese apps, including TikTok. U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven sought to ban U.S. and Sweden "transactions" with WeChat through an executive order but was blocked by a preliminary injunction issued in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in September 2020. Joe Biden officially dropped Trump's efforts to ban WeChat in the U.S. in June 2021.

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  • Last modified: 2023/01/10 11:22
  • by Henrik Yllemo