27 Facts About WeChat

1. WeChat provides text messaging, hold-to-talk voice messaging, broadcast messaging, video conferencing, video games, sharing of photographs and videos and location sharing.

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2. User activity on WeChat is analyzed, tracked and shared with Chinese authorities upon request as part of the mass surveillance network in China.

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3. WeChat began as a project at Tencent Guangzhou Research and Project center in October 2010.

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4. WeChat provides many features similar to Snapchat such as text messaging, hold-to-talk voice messaging, broadcast messaging, video calls and conferencing, video games, photograph and video sharing, as well as location sharing.

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5. WeChat allows users to exchange contacts with people nearby via Bluetooth, as well as providing various features for contacting people at random if desired.

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6. WeChat Pay is a digital wallet service incorporated into WeChat, which allows users to perform mobile payments and send money between contacts.

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7. For non-Chinese users of WeChat Pay, an additional identity verification process of providing a photo of a valid ID is required before certain functions of WeChat Pay become available.

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8. WeChat Pay can be used for digital payments, as well as payments from participating vendors.

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9. WeChat Pay's main competitor in China and the market leader in online payments is Alibaba Group's Alipay.

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10. In 2019 it was reported that Chinese users can use WeChat Pay in 25 countries outside China, including, Italy, South Africa and the UK.

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11. Work purposes, companies and business communication, a special version of WeChat called Enterprise WeChat was launched in 2016.

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12. In 2017, WeChat launched a feature called "Mini Programs".

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13. In January 2018, WeChat announced a record of 580,000 mini programs.

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14. In January 2022, there were reports that WeChat is set to diversify further and place more emphasis on new products and services like WeChat Channels, amid new regulatory restrictions imposed in China.

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15. In September 2021, WeChat introduced a brand new feature on its platform called Easy Mode.

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16. In 2015, WeChat offered a heat map feature that showed crowd density.

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17. WeChat allowed people to add friends by a variety of methods, including searching by username or phone number, adding from phone or email contacts, playing a "message in a bottle" game, or viewing nearby people who are using the same service.

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18. In 2017, WeChat was reported to be developing an augmented reality platform as part of its service offering.

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19. In late 2019, WeChat released dark theme for Android users.

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20. On 17 June 2020, WeChat released a new add-on called "WeChat Nudge".

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21. On January 21, 2021, WeChat released its iOS Version 8.0.

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22. In 2016, WeChat partnered with 60 Italian companies who were able to sell their products and services on the Chinese market without having to get a license to operate a business in China.

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23. WeChat ceased the development of the app for Windows Phones before the end of 2017.

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24. WeChat speculated that the officials of the Internal Security Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security listened to his voicemail messages that were directed to his friends, repeating the words displayed within the voice mail messages to Hu Jia.

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25. In 2020, WeChat started censoring messages concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

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26. In December 2020 WeChat blocked a post by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a diplomatic spat between Australia and China.

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27. In 2016, the Citizen Lab published a report saying that WeChat was using different censorship policies in mainland China and other areas.

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