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Hu Jia explains why mobile apps make activism spooky [China]

[D]issident Hu Jia complained on Twitter about…WeChat – a…messaging app developed by Chinese Internet giant Tencent that closely resembles WhatsApp - has…[kept] him and other Chinese dissidents under real-time surveillance…[T]he information that is sent [on WeChat] is often exactly what activists' silent interlocutors, historically, have had to [wait] for…[and it] simultaneously track Hu's physical location…Tencent [replied]…We have taken user data protection seriously in our product development and daily operations…like other international peers, we comply with relevant laws in the countries where we have operations. One QQ.com [part of Tencent] department head [commented]…there is no full backdoor surveillance access given to the PSB [Public Security Bureau]…if the PSB provided an administrative order Tencent would provide the requested information…Each separate case required a new order… [refers to China Mobile, Sina, Sohu, NetEase, Alibaba, Qihoo 360, Baidu]