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.
A taxi driver from Xi’an in Shaanxi Province, China is earning praise online after he returned a large fare to a Chinese-American tourist who overpaid using a mobile payment app on Monday.
The driver, identified as Zhang Peng, was checking his WeChat Wallet and noticed that one of his passengers paid him 6,500 yuan ($958) when the fare should have only been around 65 yuan ($9.58), according to Chinese Business Gazette via South China Morning Post.
Married couples in China are now able to file for divorce on Tencent’s WeChat, the country’s equivalent of Facebook Messenger.
The service, which was rolled out last month, started its trial in Guangdong Province.
In online dating gone wrong, a Chinese man was beaten up by the husband of a woman he met online through WeChat after he traveled more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) to meet her.
The two cyberspace lovers met through China’s leading messaging app WeChat in April, according to Shanghaiist via Medium. The couple then met up face to face on Dec. 10 when the man decided to travel from Wuhan to Qujing in Yunan, southwest China.
Chinese netizens are grieving over the death of Zhou Lin, the Chinese breast cancer patient who documented her battle against the illness in an inspiring online diary. She was 29 years old.
According to People’s Daily Online (via MailOnline), Zhou succumbed to her disease at home in Shifang, Sichuan Province, on Nov. 27. Zhou’s family relayed the sad news on her WeChat account. Her multitudes of followers expressed grief on social media over her passing, with netizens revealing how Zhou’s positive attitude despite her illness has given them inspiration.
Massive Chinese tech company Tencent just hit a new milestone, exceeding 3.99 trillion Hong Kong dollars ($510 billion) in market value.
Tencent joins tech giants such as Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Alphabet and Apple which have over $500 billion valuation — surpassing Jack Ma’s Alibaba in the process.