In China, you can use We Chat for just about everything—sending messages, transferring money, ordering a taxi, reading the news, even doing your laundry.But there is one thing that We Chat won’t let you do: discuss politically sensitive topics in a group.They specifically looked at how We Chat treats messages related to China’s targeting of hundreds of human-rights lawyers—detaining, questioning, and disappearing them—in the so-called “709 Crackdown” that began on July 9, 2015.
This shows that Chinese censors continue to be primarily concerned with larger-scale discussion of sensitive issues, and are willing to tolerate small outbursts of criticism between individuals.
That may be because they think it is not worth the effort to censor everything, or that individual complaints don’t pose a real threat to the Communist Party system, or that they think small-scale protests are a useful release valve for discontent. Here is the full list of terms Citizen Lab has found to be blocked on We Chat, as of March 2017.
But did you know that some We Chat accounts also make use of the technoloy? Well, did you know that We Chat has its own version of Tay, also developed by Microsoft? Xiao Bing might not hold very deep conversations, but still an impressive A. Just think of someone and the account will start asking. Although this type of artificial intelligence is less advanced than the ones above (it relies on decision trees which are a more archaic technique than deep learning used for face recognition or natural language processing) it remains incredibly impressive!
It’s plain simple: simply send a selfie to the account and it will send you a picture of a celebrity with whom you look alike. It took it only 8 questions to guess I was thinking about Harry Potter! I is often showcased as a malicious terminator trying to take over the world. I is actually not only part of the future: it is used on a daily basis by a large number of We Chat accounts.
The service connects with third parties like Dianping, so you can easily use it to book a restaurant or order a delivery! Well, it turns out there is a We Chat account which uses just the same kind of A. Just write a word in English or Chinese and it will send out the translation!
Major tech companies have long been using face recognition (Facebook is using it to recognize people on pictures, and Apple uses to recognize your selfies on your phone and put them in a separate folder). The web has been hot with the news of Tay, the Microsoft Twitter bot which turned into a racist sex bot within 24 hours. Last but not least, this same We Chat account (Xiao Bing) can guess who you are thinking about by asking you a few questions! Citizen Lab, a research group out of the University of Toronto, has for the past several months been analyzing how censorship works on We Chat, an app that is ubiquitous in China with well over 800 million users.While Citizen Lab has found evidence of censorship on We Chat in the past, its new report shows how the content that triggers censors gets updated as the environment of sensitive material evolves.Pupils in raincoats hold candles during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Nanjing massacre at the Nanjing Massacre Museum in Nanjing.Nanjing was an episode of mass murder and mass rape, a grim reminder of how low man's values can fall. You can simply let Chumen Wenwen know what you want: restaurant, movie, massage, and it will send you a list of all the things around you.