Censored by China, under attack in America: what’s next for WeChat?

Publisher MIT Technology Review
Author Eileen Guo
Summary WeChat has provided a platform for Chinese American communities to stay connected. Beginning in 2014 when more Chinese Americans organized against affirmative action, the community’s interest in political participation grew and WeChat became a platform for Chinese Americans to engage with each other about politics. The 2016 election revealed strong divisions in the Chinese-American community and WeChat provided the space where many of them could voice their differing views. The Trump administration’s threatened ban on WeChat prompted many Chinese Americans to download other messaging apps, which has allowed the community to become even more segmented.
Excerpt While many Chinese-Americans actually agree that WeChat deserved more scrutiny, few believed that Trump’s ban was the right way to go about it.
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Publish Date October 30, 2020
Source URL https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/10/30/1011450/wechat-censored-china-under-attack-in-america/


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