- A man in China is being sued for catfishing a mother and son out of 140,000 yuan (approximately $20,669) by pretending to date the two for almost five years.
- The man conned the woman over the Chinese social media platform WeChat and posed as a woman online while pretending to date the son.
- The man met the mother in 2018 and became involved with the son at the end of the year.
- The two “dated” the man until he was reported to police in February of this year.
A mother and son in China are suing a man for allegedly conning them out of 140,000 yuan (approximately $20,669) while pretending to date the pair for nearly five years.
The catfisher, surnamed Song, is accused of scamming the mother and son over WeChat. Song is currently being sued at the Huining county court in Gansu province of northwestern China.
- Screenshots from China’s social media platforms — WeChat and Weibo — revealed some Chinese netizens to be celebrating the assassination of Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe, even hailing the attacker as a “hero.”
- In a Twitter thread, Chinese artist and activist Badiucao posted screenshots of the conversations to his page, exposing the posters.
- “Abe is dead, it’s like, open champagne,” wrote one user.
- “I hate my country’s government, but that doesn’t stop me from loving my country or celebrating Abe’s death. Good to die! Pop champagne! well done,” commented another.
- Chinese nationalists, however, were not the only ones unafraid to point out Abe’s controversial legacy.
- One user, under the account “Scissorbooks,” described Abe as a “fascist and revisionist” who refused to acknowledge war crimes against China and Korea during World War II, referring to the Nanking Massacre and Korean comfort women.
Screenshots from China’s social media platforms — WeChat and Weibo — reveal some Chinese netizens to be celebrating the assassination of Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe, even hailing the attacker as a “hero.”
While several world leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, offered their condolences to the archipelago nation for the death of its former leader, Chinese nationalists took to Weibo and WeChat to celebrate the event with champagne emojis.
Chinese groom has to watch his own wedding through livestream after venue bars him over ‘outdated’ COVID test
- A Chinese groom watched his wedding on a WeChat livestream after he and other guests were told to wait outside the venue after their COVID-19 tests were deemed invalid after a change in time requirements.
- The groom, surnamed Deng, 28, said that he was “about to cry” until his friend began recording a video of the experience to cheer him up and “make me laugh.”
- The video was posted to the Chinese TikTok platform Douyin, garnering 591,000 likes since it was uploaded on April 27.
- Once Deng received a new negative test result that afternoon, he returned to the venue where celebrations resumed.
A Chinese groom was forced to watch his wedding on a WeChat livestream after the venue barred him and several other guests from entering due to an “outdated” COVID test, following a last-minute change to the testing requirements.
The 28-year old groom, surnamed Deng, was originally told that all guests needed to provide a negative COVID-19 test “within four days” of his April 26 wedding. At noon on the day of the event, however, the venue informed them that the requirement was changed to mandate negative test results within 48 hours.
- Megan Thee Stallion’s performance of “WAP” at Coachella on April 16 was streamed on WeChat by Chinese viewers after the music festival was banned from airing in the country.
- The platform’s censorship attempt went viral on social media as a small black censor bar did little to block any part of Megan’s fast-paced performance.
- WeChat users also began writing out the lyrics to “WAP,” or “Wet Ass P*ssy.”
- Some translated the title of the song to “Wet ass Puxi,” referring to the Shanghai Puxi district currently under lockdown.
Chinese social media users hoping to watch Megan Thee Stallion’s performance of “WAP” at this year’s Coachella Music Festival were met with the unsuccessful censoring of some of the more risqué choreography.
While Saturday’s performance could be streamed live on YouTube in many countries, the festival was banned from being broadcast in China. Chinese social media users bypassed the restrictions by streaming the performances illegally on the popular messaging platform WeChat.
Chinatown restaurants in Las Vegas are on high alert after reportedly receiving scam messages threatening lawsuits and demanding payment via WeChat.
How it works: The scammer orders food from the restaurant and pretends to have discovered a piece of metal scrubber in their meal after their child is injured eating it, according to KTNV.
Despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to ban WeChat — as well as TikTok and other Chinese-made apps — a growing number of Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans are reportedly using the platform to campaign for his re-election.
The app, with some 19 million users in the U.S., is popular among first-generation and recent Chinese immigrants, many of whom back the incumbent president.
TikTok and WeChat downloads will be banned in app stores at midnight on Sunday.
What this means: TikTok and WeChat will not be deleted off of users’ phones. Anyone can still download the app in the U.S., but on Sunday it will be removed from the app store, so no future updates or maintenance to the app will be allowed.
Trump’s ban: On August 6, Trump ordered Americans and U.S. companies not to conduct business with the companies behind the popular apps, citing “national security” concerns.
A staff member at a bar in southern China was fired from her job after replying to her manager with an OK hand emoji in a group chat.
The story, which has gone viral on social media, says that the manager of the bar in Changsha, Hunan province communicated to their team in a group WeChat.
A professor in eastern China has divided the internet after giving his students an assignment to add as many friends as possible on WeChat.
The unidentified professor at Henan University of Economics and Law provided the assignment to students enrolled in the course called Online and New Media.
Students from the University of California, Davis have been warned against using messaging apps like WhatsApp or WeChat when traveling to China.
The travel warning, which also told travelers to not make “unfavorable political statements or postings on social media,” was reportedly delivered on Monday via an email from the university’s director of liability and property programs Gary Leonard.
A man from Yunnan Province, China has been sentenced to six months in prison for managing a WeChat group that shared hundreds of pornographic videos over the course of two weeks.
The 31-year-old man, surnamed Luo, created a WeChat group called “Border Antique Auction” in February 2017 to showcase different antiques, The Paper reported via Shanghaiist.