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WeChat Bans Numerous LGBT Accounts in China

Beijing:China's most popular social media service WeChat has deleted more than a dozen LGBT accounts run by university students, which sparked fear of crackdown on gay content.

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Chinese social media giant WeChat shuts LGBT accounts (Photo Credit: file)

Beijing:China’s most popular social media service WeChat has deleted more than a dozen LGBT accounts run by university students, which sparked fear of crackdown on gay content.

LGBT rights supporters expressed their disapproval on social media over the abrupt closure of these accounts, which the company said, were taken down after “receiving relevant complaints”, as per CNN reports.

Numerous followers shared screenshots of the above-mentioned notice which they received when they tried to access their accounts.

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“After receiving relevant complaints, all content has been blocked and the account has been put out of service,” the notice read, talking about violation of government regulation on the management of online public accounts.

China has decriminalised homosexuality in 1997 and has removed it from its official list of mental disorders back in 2001.

Moreover, same-sex marriage is still an illegal act in the country, and people who identify themselves as LGBT continue to face discrimination in both personal and professional spheres.

Authorities in China have also tightened control of views that are not in line with official positions or policies.

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The blocking of the WeChat accounts has triggered massive outrage on Chinese social media as well.

“The era is regressing. China wasn’t like this 10 years ago. Gradually we’re losing all our freedoms,” said a comment on Weibo.

But the move has been welcomed by online nationalists, some of whom claimed, without evidence, that these LGBT groups have been infiltrated by “foreign forces.”

“I support the blocking of the accounts…why should we keep these public accounts run by anti-China forces in our higher education institutions? Are we waiting for them to brain wash university students who have yet to form their values?” said one comment on Weibo.

(With ANI Inputs)