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  • 1.0 stars

    "CAREFUL - Spyware!"

    April 2, 2013  |   By DPortmann

    Pros

    - nothing (see below)

    Cons

    - seemed very practical at first, but then turned out to be a spy tool; used the expression "free speech" - connection reset, tried more: "Democracy" - connection reset, "Tibet" - connection reset... This Thing is controlling what you write and censors it!
    - deinstalled but it's still running! This thing hijacked my tablet, had to format and reinstall everything!
    - DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!!

    Summary

    As I have many friends in China I wanted to try out Weixin to stay in touch (as the Communist terror government has cut them off Facebook and the like). When I saw that it's Tencent, suspicion grew but unfortunately I was stupid enough to still try it...

    It seems to work perfectly... You have a great tool to contact many friends in many way... Until you figure out, that the communists are deciding for you what you are allowed to talk about... I mentioned "free speech" in a Chat between me (in Switzerland) and a friend (in Germany) - the server reset the connection!!! We tried many more expressions after that ("Democracy", "freedom", "Tibet", and more) always the same: I was cut from the server, so was my friend!

    Deinstalled it immediatly when I figured this out. Later checked the Task Manager for something else, guess what I found... WEIXIN WAS STILL RUNNING THERE - weeks after I had deinstalled it!

    This is an extremely dangerous spytool, DO NOT USE!!!

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  • Reply by Julius20000 on April 24, 2014

    jaredinbeijing...this is not paranoid non-sense. I lived in Beijing for 3 years. In fact I have a daughter that still lives in Beijing. When I lived there the Chinese government launched a campaign against VPN accounts. Anytime I used my VPN at the university where I taught the VPN would become inoperable within minutes. I would have to contact the VPN tech support outside of China so that they would provide me with alternate means of accessing their VPN service. The same thing would happen to another American professor I knew. As everybody knows the Chinese government is extremely oppressive and not only tries to limit information that flows through the internet it deems harmful to the Communist party, but also uses the internet for whatever other nefarious schemes it has that will further its ends. You posted a very positive review on this product. I wonder if you do not work for the people that created this program and therefore it is in your best interest to promote it.

  • Reply by jaredinbeijing on February 3, 2014

    Sorry, but this is paranoid nonsense.

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