WeChat’s role in Australia raising difficult questions | ABC News

As more Australian politicians and media organisations sign up to the Chinese social media mega-app WeChat, questions are being raised about its new place within Australia’s democracy.

There are concerns politicians using WeChat may have to self-censor their comments, avoiding criticism of China and dodging other topics Beijing finds sensitive.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten both use WeChat to communicate with Chinese-Australian voters, while several media organisations including the ABC, SBS and The Australian also have accounts.

But the news stories posted on WeChat aren’t always the same ones making headlines in Australia, and at least one Australian media organisation has had its stories censored by platform moderators.

Read more here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-19/wechats-new-role-in-australian-politics-raises-questions/11031878

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