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Review: WeChat

Chat apps for activists
Last update: Jan 18, 2021

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WeChat is very popular in China.

Monthly active users?


WeChat is more than just a chat app. It's being used for following the news, transferring money and playing games. It is possible to create group chats with up to 500 members. Video and voice calls are limited to nine people.

Max size?
Broadcast messages?
Restrict who can add members?
Restrict who can edit group info?
Restrict who can send messages?
Mentioning specific people?
Inline comments?
Disappearing messages?

Security and privacy

Content on WeChat is actively being monitored and censored by the Chinese government.

Open source?
End-to-end encryption?
Collection of personal information?
Collection of metadata?
Trustworthy owner?

Price and revenue model

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Sells personal data?
Sells personalised ads?
Is a nonprofit?

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