Chinese online dating scams

While the measures are ostensibly aimed at regulating online dating services, the tightening control over the use of fake identities suggests that authorities are also seeking to use the incidents to ramp up censorship and surveillance.

In June 2018, police in the southern Guangdong province apprehended over a dozen gangs, whose members used photos of models in their fake profiles and concocted family tragedies in order to get their victims to buy expensive tea.

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Online dating scams continue to rise, costing unsuspecting victims millions of dollars each year.

It’s a policy that sets up a system that further controls what people who oppose the regime might post online.

They often work this way, using a society-level incident to go a little bit further in surveillance. Weibo became too viral, so they cracked down and sent people on to We Chat, which is more of a closed chatroom, or like an improved Whatsapp.

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