The Citizen Lab 1 has issued detailed reports on WeChat’s survillence of users, which is just the tip of the iceberg considering the intensifying censorship in China.

English Version:
MUST-READ: (estimated: 62 min) We Chat, They Watch: How International Users Unwittingly Build up WeChat’s Chinese Censorship Apparatus (by Jeffrey Knockel)

Chinese Version (中文版):
MUST-READ: (estimated: 13 min) 微信监控诠释 (by Miles Kenyon)

  1. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, focusing on research, development, and high-level strategic policy and legal engagement at the intersection of information and communication technologies, human rights, and global security. (Source:

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