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Australian PM’s Account Blocked on China’s WeChat, Lawmaker Says

  • Morrison’s account no longer on popular Chinese messaging app
  • Senator calls for parliament-wide boycott of WeChat over block
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg
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The popular Chinese messaging application WeChat appears to have blocked access to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s account, leading one senator to call for a parliament-wide boycott of the service.

Senator James Paterson, chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, said on Monday the prime minister’s team had been having trouble accessing the WeChat account for months. It was finally taken out of the government’s control in early January despite formal representations from Morrison’s office, he told radio station 4BC.