The WeChat app icon seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing on August 7, 2020. Photo: AP
The WeChat app icon seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing on August 7, 2020. Photo: AP

Tencent’s WeChat blocks Australian prime minister, lawmaker says, alleging Chinese government interference

  • Senator James Paterson said the team of Prime Minister Scott Morrison had trouble accessing the popular Chinese messaging app for months
  • The app is widely used by politicians to reach the country’s large Chinese diaspora

The WeChat app icon seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing on August 7, 2020. Photo: AP
The WeChat app icon seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing on August 7, 2020. Photo: AP
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