23. April 2024

Utilizing WeChat as a Research Instrument Utilizing WeChat as a Research Instrument

The Interplay Amongst Censorship Policies, Self-Censorship Behaviors, and Anti-Censorship Tactics on the WeChat Platform

Ningjie Zhu, Research Fellow in the research project " Infrastructures of China’s Modernity and Their Global Constitutive Effects", examines the opportunities and risks of using WeChat as a medium for ethnographically orientated research in an article for the University of Geneva.

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"WeChat, as China’s most popular social media application, has evolved significantly over the past decade. Its functions have extended beyond typical instant messaging features, becoming deeply integrated into various aspects of Chinese life. Consequently, its value as a research tool has gained recognition due to its vast reservoir of online data."

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