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WeChat Banned over 40,000 Official Accounts in 2019

WeChat is a Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social media, and mobile payment app developed by Tencent. Counting monthly active users, it is one of the world’s largest standalone mobile apps; it has over 1 billion monthly active users. On February 23, WeChat released a statement that the platform has severely resisted vulgar and harmful content and fraud activities and has blocked more than 40,000 official accounts. WeChat users can register for an official account, which enables them to push feeds to subscribers, interact with subscribers, and provide them with services.

In the announcement, WeChat said that the vulgar and false exaggerated content hurt the user’s aesthetic and reading experience and affected the ecological health of the platform. In this regard, so far since the beginning of 2019, WeChat has banned and processed 966 official accounts that sent pornographic and violent information and deleted 2,267 related articles; it has blocked 36,556 official accounts for sending vulgar content and deleted 73,318 related articles; it has banned 3,070 official accounts for spreading exaggerated and misleading information and deleted 3,447 related articles.

Source: The Paper, February 24, 2019