The many-headed hydra of Chinese censorship

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Last weekend, two acquaintances of mine here in China discovered their social lives were over. They lost access to their WeChat social messaging accounts and, with them, the thousands of WeChat friends and the groups they were part of.

They didn't even have back-up numbers for many friends, since WeChat in-app calls are as easy to make as regular phone calls.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2018, with the headline The many-headed hydra of Chinese censorship. Subscribe