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Wechatscope

WeChatscope is a research initiative at The University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre. WeChatscope aims to make censored articles of WeChat’s public accounts in China open access by monitoring a list of selected WeChat public accounts and detecting removed contents. Learn more: http://wechatscope.jmsc.hku.hk/

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Latest posts by Wechatscope

10 April 2019

Censored on WeChat: How a fatal bus accident in Chongqing symbolized China's ‘left turn’

Advox

Many people saw the bus accident, the result of a fight onboard, as an allegory of China's political turn in recent years.

Censored on WeChat: Revelations of toxic ingredients in Hongmao medicinal liquor

Advox

Tan Qindong was arrested after revealing the presence of toxic herbs in a popular medicinal liquor. Posts about his ordeal were censored on WeChat.

25 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: #MeToo in China

Advox

The term “rice bunny”, which sounds similar to “me too” when spoken in Chinese, was used as a replacement hashtag to get around the censors.

15 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: the disappearance of Ye Jianming, former chairman of CEFC China Energy

Advox

With Ye's disappearance, the details of quiet agreements between his multi-billion dollar company and the Chinese government began to unravel.

7 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing's tax evasion scandal — and her disappearance

Advox

The news of Fan's tax evasion penalty and her apology made the actress a top target for censorship on social media.

1 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: Huawei, ZTE and ‘Amazing China’

Advox

The censorship of ZTE and Huawei has strong association with the censorship of "China-U.S trade war".

18 February 2019

Censored on WeChat: As tensions in China-US trade conflict rose, so did WeChat censorship

Advox

The second installment in our series looks at the most censored topic in the 2018 WeChatscope dataset: the China-US trade war.

11 February 2019

Censored on WeChat: A year of content removals on China's most powerful social media platform

Advox

Our team tracked censored posts from more than 4,000 public accounts covering daily news on WeChat. Here is what we found.