WeChat published an announcement last Friday (March 12) on their actions against personal accounts releasing contraband and fraud information since 2021.
According to the announcement, citizens selling prohibited goods on the Internet, depending upon the severity of the circumstances, may violate relevant national laws and regulations.
What’s more, the Tencent WeChat Software License and Service Agreement and the WeChat Personal Account Usage Specification also require users not to publish, display and disseminate sales information regarding prohibited goods, including but not limited to: cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, aphrodisiac, vulgar pornography, plug-ins, surrogacy, personal privacy, illegal health products, and medical apparatus and instruments.
From January to March, 2021, after verifying evidence of user complaints, WeChat has dealt with 4,362 WeChat accounts that published sales information of prohibited products, and banned 1,570 WeChat groups that published sales information of prohibited goods.
A total of 84,598 malicious accounts have been punished, including 15,977 accounts conducting click farming, 13,419 accounts providing fake customer service, 12,789 accounts recommending investment and stock information, 12,710 fake accounts, 14,473 conducting financial frauds, and 15,230 more fraudulent accounts.
In addition to blocking confirmed fraudulent accounts, WeChat said it will continue to dig up fraud gangs, hunt for clues regarding illegal behavior, crack down on misbehaving accounts, organized fraud groups and accounts inducing payment. They will submit information regarding any illegality to the public security authorities.
WeChat’s reminder to users
Please don’t violate the national laws and regulations and WeChat usage specification when using WeChat; don’t publish contraband information, or participate in any form of fraudulent activities.
Every user should be alert to online fraud, pay attention to WeChat’s anti-fraud security tips and refuse the temptation of "pie in the sky" so as to protect their property.
If users find any banned behavior or activities while using WeChat, they can report them through the app or the mini-program “Tencent 110”. WeChat will handle them as soon as possible after verifying the evidence.