Inkstone Explains: How WeChat censors content for over a billion users

Inkstone Explains: How WeChat censors content for over a billion users

Information is increasingly created, shared and consumed on a handful of social media platforms, a trend that has placed greater scrutiny on the owners and executives behind these tech behemoths, at least in the United States.

As they have become more powerful globally, social media giants are trying to walk the tightrope by avoiding perceptions of censorship while corralling the spread of misinformation.

In China, however, content censorship is part of the game and is widely accepted as a cost of doing business.

WeChat, an app used ubiquitously throughout China for private communication, payments and content-sharing, blocks any messages or posts deemed to violate China’s laws on content regulation.