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China’s new social media regulations make it clear that private chats can be used against defendants in court

3 weeks ago
Sky Canaves
he "Regulation on Collecting and Using Electronic Data as Evidence" took effect on October 1 and names specific popular social media platforms such as Tencent's WeChat and Sina Weibo as subject to scrutiny.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.