China’s most popular messaging service WeChat said it will start revealing the location of users when they post on a public account.
Tencent-owned WeChat said that it would soon begin testing the setting, which applies only to users of its “public platform”, where they may comment on news, essays and other written content published by official accounts.
The new settings will display the province or municipality of users in China posting on public accounts. Posts made by overseas users on public accounts will display the country denoted by their IP address.
WeChat, which has more than 1.2 billion monthly users, said in a notice that the move targeted misinformation relating to “domestic and overseas hot-topic issues”, without elaborating.
In addition to its private messaging service, WeChat also allows users such as companies and bloggers to create official accounts where they can publish articles accessible to public.
WeChat’s notice came only a day after Weibo, another popular Chinese social media platform, introduced the same settings permanently after more than a month of testing.