China’s WeChat may pose a propaganda challenge for Bhutan

中国的微信也许会对不丹构成宣传挑战

BEIJING: Border incursion is not the only Chinese challenge for Bhutan. The other one is the widespread use of WeChat, the China-based instant messaging platform, which poses the risk of being used as a channel to disseminate propaganda, informed sources said. It is already being used for spreading pornography, and there have been cases of its use for financial manipulation, they said.

边界侵犯,并非是中国给不丹带去的唯一挑战。消息灵通人士称,另一个挑战是微信的广泛使用。

微信已经被用来传播色情,甚至出现被用来金融操纵的案例。

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WeChat accounts have been repeatedly hacked affecting thousands of Bhutanese over the past several months. This fact is reflected in an alert issued by Bhutan’s Ministry of Information after the recent border standoff, as well as reports in state-owned media.

过去几个月里,微信账户多次被黑,影响了数以千计不丹人。

这个事实从最近边界对峙后,不丹信息部发布的一份警告以及从不丹官方媒体的报道就可以看出来。

“WeChat is hosted in China and they have totally different sets of cyber law. So we don’t have much control over it,” Pema Dhendup, an officer with the Bhutan Computer Incident Response Team (BtCIRT), was quoted saying by BBS, the state-owned broadcaster on Wednesday.

不丹国有广播公司(BBS),在报道中引述不丹计算机事故应急小组一位叫Pema Dhendup的成员的话,“微信是托管在中国的,而他们有完全不同的网络法。我们控制力度很小。”