The WeChat app is ubiquitous in China and used in everyday life. But a crackdown on dissent has caused activists to have access to the app restricted or cut off. Photo: Reuters
The WeChat app is ubiquitous in China and used in everyday life. But a crackdown on dissent has caused activists to have access to the app restricted or cut off. Photo: Reuters

Winter Olympics: China restricts activists’ social media ahead of Beijing Games

  • Prominent rights activists have been detained in recent weeks and others report having their WeChat accounts closed or curbed in December and January
  • IOC says it ‘has neither the mandate nor the capability to change the laws or the political system of a sovereign country’ and must remain neutral on politics

The WeChat app is ubiquitous in China and used in everyday life. But a crackdown on dissent has caused activists to have access to the app restricted or cut off. Photo: Reuters
The WeChat app is ubiquitous in China and used in everyday life. But a crackdown on dissent has caused activists to have access to the app restricted or cut off. Photo: Reuters
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