WeChat blocks Australian Prime Minister Message over Controversial Photo

Chinese social media platform WeChat blocked a message by Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison regarding a doctored tweeted image of an Australian soldier amid ADF war crime trials.

Chinese social media platform WeChat blocked a message by Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison regarding a doctored tweeted image of an Australian soldier amid ADF war crime trials. 

Morrison posted on WeChat last Tuesday to criticize the “false image” while offering praise to Australia’s Chinese community but was reportedly blocked by Wednesday evening, with a note appearing from the “Weixin Official Accounts Platform Operation Center.”

The note said Morrison’s post was unable to be viewed because it violated regulations, including distorting historical events and confusing the public.

Tencent, WeChat’s owners did not immediately respond to the report and have not given their reason for blocking Morrison.

Before the block, Morrison’s message had been read by 57,000 WeChat users while Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s tweet containing the controversial photo had been “liked” by 60,000 followers after Twitter labeled it as sensitive content.

China’s embassy said the criticism from Australian politicians and media over the soldier image was an overreaction.


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