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WeChat's fake news problem hits millions of Chinese-Americans

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The WeChat app icon on a mobile device. Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A new report from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism examines the spread of fake news and misinformation among Chinese-American immigrant users of WeChat, Tencent's communication platform that is used by nearly 900 million people globally, including Chinese overseas.

Why it matters: Western policymakers grappling with the growing global influence of the PRC and the Chinese Communist Party have little ability to influence the content flowing through WeChat.