Mobile chat taboo
Yet when they tested group chats, they found multiple cases in which certain keywords triggered a removal.
Specifically, while sensitive terms used in isolation were unlikely to trigger censorship (say “June 4th,” a reference to the Tiananmen Square protests, brutally put down on June 4, 1989), it took effect when they were used in a full sentence or with other keywords.
Hence, it is important to increase and maintain a high engagement level among employees.
Hiring the right candidate with the right set of skills doesn’t suffice anymore.
With mobile based devices that are always handy, employees can go through the training content any number of times, without anybody judging them. Let’s face it, text-only content is not very interesting. You can’t afford to let your employees’ thoughts wander while going through the training content.
Hence, it is necessary to introduce certain elements to keep the employees engaged in the training program.
The report states that out of the entire sample, only one term—Falun Gong (法轮功)—had been scrubbed.
This comprises mostly of young adults and working professionals.
That’s partly because you likely wouldn’t know if you got censored in the first place.
A new study from The Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto, reveals that censorship on We Chat occurs primarily in group chats rather than one-on-one chats between two people, and often in such a way where the sender of a text isn’t even aware a piece of text has been scrubbed.
The researchers also discovered that when We Chat censored a message, the sender received no notice informing him that his text had not reached the intended recipient.
Sample screenshots show that Chinese users could not successfully send out texts reading “June 4th Student Democracy Movement” and “My birthday is June 4th. I am reading a book about democracy movements.”Jason Q.