Written by: Barnabas Fund
Article source: barnabasfund.org

China has placed further restrictions on Christian content on social media platform WeChat, including the blocking of Christian search terms and removal of Christian accounts.

Key words such as “Christ”, “Bible” and “Gospel” appear to have been blocked, with searches for these terms bringing up no results on WeChat.

Several Christian WeChat accounts were removed from the platform on 29 April.

Attempts to access these pages prompt a notification that the accounts have been “removed from use” due to “complaints” that they violate China’s Internet User Public Account Information Services Management Provisions.

Users have also complained that they have been blocked from uploading Christian videos to WeChat, while some Christian playlists have been removed from other music streaming services.

WeChat is China’s main social media platform, used for sharing written content as well as photos and videos in a manner similar to Facebook or Twitter, and as a messaging service similar to WhatsApp.

China’s new Measures for the Administration of Religious Personnel, announced in February 2021, came into effect on 1 May.

Click here to KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE weekly newsletter.

Date published: 30/05/2021
Feature image: Image for illustrative purposes only.

JOY! News is a Christian news portal that shares pre-published articles by writers around the world. Each article is sourced and linked to the origin, and each article is credited with the author’s name. Although we do publish many articles that have been written in-house by JOY! journalists, we do not exclusively create our own content. Any views or opinions presented on this website are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company. 



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here