China plans month-long assault on "rumor"-spreading WeChat users

China is planning on launching a month-long offensive on instant messaging users who are spreading "rumors" of violence.

Tamlin Magee
Published Wed, May 28 2014 1:22 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

China's government is to begin an online campaign to "eliminate malpractice" on instant messaging services, such as the popular WeChat, according to state media.

Xinhua reported on an official statement from China's State Internet Information Office (SIIO), which claimed the 800-million-user strong WeChat is being used for more nefarious activities than messaging alone. The month-long campaign is set to target public IM accounts which can "spread information on a large scale and mobilize followers," the statement said.

China plans month-long assault on rumor-spreading WeChat users |

Over the month, the SIOO says it will target, in particular, users spreading rumors and information relating to violence, terrorism, and pornography - as well as people using IM for fraud. But Xinhua does not get more specific than that.

Some of the largest IM companies in China have agreed to cooperate with authorities, including WeChat, Momo, Mi Talk and Yixin.


Tamlin Magee is based in London. His name can be found around the web and in print, and he's mostly interested in the ways the rapid rate of technological development is affecting us and our surroundings.

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