01 May Privacy Fears Growing in China After Authorities Retrieve “Deleted” WeChat Messages
Privacy fears in China were stoked after a Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog said it had been able to retrieve deleted messages from the WeChat account of a suspect.
In a post, the graft-buster in southeastern Hefei, Anhui province confirmed that based on the chats, many of those were questioned had confessed to the violations. A total of 63 cadres had apparently been punished.
Tencent, parent company of WeChat, however denied keeping chat histories and pointed out that such may only be found on the device itself.