Washington Post

Chinese censorship invades the U.S. via WeChat

Zhou Fengsuo, an organizer in the Tiananmen Square protests who came to the United States in 1995, supports the Trump administration's effort to ban the app WeChat. Foto: The Washington Post/Bryan Anselm

NEWARK, N.J. - Zhou Fengsuo, a leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising, hoped to leave Chinese censorship behind when he fled to the United States and became a U.S. citizen. But Chinese censors have caught up with him, through the social-networking service WeChat.

The mobile app, born in China and used by Mandarin speakers around the globe, has long blocked Zhou's friends in China from seeing the political posts he shares from the WeChat account he created in the United States, Zhou says. Then about a year ago, the problem got worse, he says - friends with both U.S. and Chinese accounts said they couldn't see his timeline posts, whether the material was political or mundane...

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