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Companies are expected to invest in staff and filtering technologies to moderate content and stay in compliance with government regulations.
Failure to comply can lead to fines or revocation of operating licenses.
We found that keyword filtering is enabled on We Chat for users with accounts registered to mainland China phone numbers.
Filtering remains enabled even if users later link their account with a non-mainland China number, which means that users with accounts registered to mainland China will remain under censorship regardless if they travel or unlink their Chinese phone number from the account.
We found a greater number of keywords blocked on group chat compared to one-to-one chat, which suggests that communications on group chat are specifically targeted, potentially because group chats can reach a larger number of users.
In both chat modes, users are no longer presented with a warning message when they enter blocked keywords, as indicated by previous reports.
To sample which URLs We Chat censors, we used a script to automatically test the Alexa Top One Million list of websites using both China and International accounts.Differentiating content access based on user registration seemingly creates a “one app, two systems” model of censorship. When you send a message it passes through a remote server that contains rules for implementing censorship.If the message includes a keyword that has been targeted for blocking, the message will not be sent.Operating a chat application in China requires following laws and regulations on content control and monitoring.Accordingly, the popularity of We Chat has also been met with suspicions of surveillance and media reports of censorship.
Some commentators speculate that We Chat has not enjoyed the same success internationally because outside of China the application does not have the same rich set of features, such as mobile payments and taxi hailing, that make it a compelling platform for users within China.