CRACKDOWN HITS POPULAR CHINA MESSAGING PLATFORM WECHAT

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SHANGHAI: Chinese Internet giant Tencent has shut several accounts on its popular instant messaging platform WeChat, users said on Friday, in what appeared to be part of a broader government crackdown on political content. WeChat—known as “weixin” or micro-message in Chinese—has more than 300 million users in China and overseas, allowing them to send text, photos, videos and voice messages over mobile devices. Accounts shut down included one for “Union of Elephants” which specialized in irreverent takes on current affairs, and “Consensus Net” which featured articles on topics such as democracy.

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