Released by Chinese web giant Tencent in 2011, WeChat is the largest standalone messaging app in the world by monthly users, with more than 500 million people, primarily in China, using the app on a regular basis. Originally confined to text messaging, WeChat has grown into an app platform, with gaming, payment, and social networking functions.

Chinese visitors hold the communist party flags for group photos outside an exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up at the National Museum of China, in Beijing, China, 15 November 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE

China watchdog working on name-and-shame credit blacklist

China’s internet watchdog is reportedly working on a blacklist for credit defaulters in cyberspace as Beijing tightens its grip over the world’s biggest online community, in which more than 800 million people shop, chat, post and watch videos online.