WeChat passes on gamblers’ details to police

WeChat passes on gamblers’ details to police

Friday, June 17, 2016 Totally Gaming
The messaging service has more than 600m users in China

WeChat, China's leading mobile messaging service, has passed on details of users found to be gambling via its group chat function to the police.

News portal Sina.com reported that the messaging service – which has more than 600m active users in China - decided to take action after accusations that gambling is prevalent among users despite a national-level legal authority crackdown.

In a statement, WeChat said it will close part of the functions for chat groups involving gambling, and individual accounts involved will be shut down or limited to specific functions. So far, WeChat said it has checked more than 8,000 chat groups, with over 6,000 of those banned from accessing payment services. Recently, WeChat also helped police arrest eight suspects involved in gambling via its service.

Sina.com reported that media outlets have repeatedly disclosed gambling problems on WeChat. A CCTV News investigation revealed that gambling via the app usually starts with an organiser providing a transfer service for small amounts, which allows users to make one-to-one payments or to distribute money within a group.

TotallyGaming.com says: “The sheer number of WeChat users suggests the operator faces a tough task in preventing China’s millions of gamblers from finding a way to wager.”

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