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WeChat and TikTok Taking China Censorship Global, Study Says

  • Both censor content deemed sensitive to Beijing, ASPI says
  • The U.S.-China internet decoupling is gaining momentum
Trump Widens China Tech Attack, Banning Tencent's WeChat, TikTok
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The most popular Chinese-owned social media from WeChat to TikTok are increasingly censoring content in the U.S. and elsewhere, taking practices honed for years behind the Great Firewall to an international audience.

ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok often buries or hides words that reflect political movements, gender and sexual orientation or religion in most countries where it operates, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute said in a report released Tuesday. Most of the content censored on WeChat supported pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, as well as messages from the U.S. and U.K. embassies regarding a new national security law enacted by Beijing at the end of June that has provoked protests across the city.