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WeChat Group Administrator Responsibilities. Pay Attention!

WeChat Group Administrator Responsibilities.

Pay Attention!

BT 201909 FEATURE 06Have you ever questioned what the responsibilities of each chat group administrators, such as WeChat, are? Are they legally responsible for the messages coming in from the people who use it?

 

Here are some of the responsibilities of each chat group administrators:

 

鈥 Responsible for every message that comes in the chat

鈥 Make sure that all registered accounts on WeChat are their real identity, and these people are not under the age of 13

鈥 Organize groups or organizations accordingly to WeChat鈥檚 terms and conditions

鈥 Manage the conduct of all group members

鈥 The administrator is criminally responsible if one of the members releases any illegal conversation in the group.

 

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BT 201909 FEATURE 02China regulated a new law that establishes the administrator of each group in WeChat accountable for every message containing pornographic content, politically sensitive material, or rumors and violence. Alternatively, they become criminally liable if they miss out these messages. They also demanded that people in mainland China, who use WeChat, should verify their real identity accordingly.

 

The Cyberspace Administration of China introduced the Regulation on the Management of Internet Chat Group Service on September 7th, 2017. It represents a bold policy move by extending the work of regulating online content beyond government workers and companies to the users themselves. However, chat group administrators are merely users of chat services like WeChat, WhatsApp, and QQ, who organize and run organizations that could speak to the congress of the Communist Party about anything from childcare.

 

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Chat group administrators became relevant from the 8th of October in the Chinese Internet Control Infrastructure Human Resource, addressing the latest Chinese Internet Comment Management Regulation. The new laws will also force chat service businesses (such as WeChat and QQ) to punish users who have failed to verify their identity or breached other conditions of use, such as posting scams, rumors or politically delicate content. Users, who break these laws, will suspend certain account privileges and lower their loan ratings.

 

The rules also require businesses to record, track, and maintain chat records of customers for at least six months and notify officials whenever group chats are misused.

BT 201909 FEATURE 04The original regulation published by the Cyberspace Administration emphasized that group administrators should be accountable for the content posted on the chat group. But it did not accurately show what those responsibilities would be. Shortly after entering, the Public Security Bureau presented nine types of content not to be published on chat groups. The following contents are banned in chat groups on China-based messaging platforms:

 

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1. Political sensitivity

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2. Gossip

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3. Internal records [ of the Communist Party of China and units of government]

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4. Content that is vulgar, pornographic, violent or that demonstrates criminal acts related to drugs

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5. News not reported by formal press outlets from Hong Kong and Macau

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6. Military details

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7. State confidential information

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8. Videos from anonymous sources insulting or destroying police reliability

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9. Other data that is illegal

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BT 201909 FEATURE 05Administrators of chat groups who fail to remove banned content from chats may face criminal charges or preventive custody.

 

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The Public Security Bureau also provided the list of several past cases, cited below, in which chat group administrators were penalized or "political implications" through criminal prosecution. Below were the reported cases of violations:

 

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No.1 Insulting police officers

A man from Jieshou county of Anhui province was frustrated by traffic police, who had established a late-night drunk-driving checkpoint. He wrote in a chat room he had developed: "Are they nuts? Check in the rain? [They are] A lot of money-wanted assholes鈥. As the insulting remarks produced an adverse social effect within his circle, the guy was arrested for picking up a quarrel for five days.

 

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No.2 Wagering

A person from Liaoning province's Fuxin Prefecture abused the "red envelope" feature [a way to send cash as a donation] between June and August, 2015, in several chat organizations for gambling reasons. With a suspension of three years and a fine of 50,000-yuan RMB [ about USD 8,000], the tribunal convicted the guy to 2.5 years.

 

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No.3 Online request

On June 27th, 2016, several Qianjiang City party members in Hubei Province breached the law by illegally using a WeChat group to circulate an appeal against a pesticide factory building plan. The event resulted in a rally of the public and hindered public order. Nine members of the chat group have recently got party discipline, five discipline warnings have been obtained, and 40 have had to be re-educated. The group administrator got advice about punishment, as he did not prevent the petition and channeled the chat group views.

 

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No.4 Actual and indecent write-up

A youth in Shenyang City established a chat group of 100+ members. One of the group members continued to send emails about a "large hit film" and requested other group members to pay for access to a pornographic video [what turned out to be]. Since the group administrator did not prevent the member from selling the group's videos, he was detained by police on charges of "distributing obscene content."

 

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It is not clear whether chat service companies observed these users' activities, chat group, or some mixture of the two administrators. Following the implementation of China's "rumors" legislation in 2013, many netizens moved from open social media platforms (such as Twitter-like Sina Weibo) to chat data sharing facilities, because these instruments enabled them to build closed groups and engage in semi-private discussions. But in recent years, because of the political nature of their remarks on personal chat organizations, many netizens were detained. These current laws appear to codify the procedures behind these arrests, suggesting that censorship will quickly be much more robust over chat group emails.

 

Are you a chat admin of any group or are you planning to create a new group? Make sure you are fully informed!

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