WeChat's popularity sets foundation for polls meddling by Beijing

WeChat’s popularity sets foundation for polls meddling by Beijing

Chan Kok Leong

Updated 23 hours ago ·
Published on 16 Jan 2020 12:09PM ·

The Chinese Communist Party is using Russian-style disinformation campaigns online and harassing local mainstream media, says a Freedom House report. – EPA pic, January 16, 2020.

THE growing use of WeChat by both diaspora communities and non-Chinese speakers in countries like Malaysia has created a strong foundation for election meddling by Beijing, said think-tank Freedom House.

“The app’s design has already been criticised for its tendency to de-emphasise the source and credibility of information, aiding the spread of misinformation and making the fight against fake news even more difficult than it is on other social media platforms,” it said in its report, titled “Beijing’s Global Megaphone: The Expansion of CCP Media Influence since 2017”.
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