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WeChat ban – what’s worrying the West?

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WeChat, the widely used app, has become a lifeline for many Chinese expats, serving as a vital connection to their families and home country.

Many in the Chinese diaspora have found solace in using WeChat to farewell their loved ones, especially during periods of quarantine.

However, the Australian government is now considering a ban on WeChat, as part of a Senate inquiry into foreign interference through social media.

The app is owned by the Chinese tech giant Tencent and offers a myriad of functions beyond messaging, such as bill payments, online shopping, and hotel bookings.

Despite its versatility and importance to the Chinese community, concerns have arisen about potential national security risks, censorship, and surveillance associated with the platform.

Notably, during the Black Summer bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, WeChat played a crucial role in mobilizing civic action and support.

It proved instrumental in organizing donations and assisting isolated individuals with supplies.

The app even facilitated debates within the Chinese-American community about racism and supported cross-racial solidarity during the Black Lives Matter movement.

Though WeChat does face legitimate concerns, evidence-based research is crucial in assessing both its risks and benefits.

Policymakers should recognize its significance to the Chinese diaspora and explore the development of alternative social media platforms while persuading Tencent to ensure content freedom for international users.

Ultimately, preserving individuals’ rights to freedom of expression and information exchange should remain a priority in any regulatory decisions related to WeChat.

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Amazon Prime’s ‘The Boys’ Season 4 will explore contemporary political polarisation

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Show creator Eric Kripke hints at a narrative that will not shy away from uncomfortable truths, promising a season that challenges viewers to confront their own beliefs and biases.

Known for its bold satire and unflinching critique of societal issues, the series seems poised to dissect the current climate of division with its trademark blend of dark humour and gritty realism, as reported by Reuters.

Director/Filmmaker Rob Fantozzi unpacks the latest from The Boys and beyond in the entrainment world. #featured

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Tesla shareholders approve historic $56B Elon Musk pay package

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Tesla shareholders have voted to approve Elon Musk’s unprecedented $56 billion compensation package, underscoring their confidence in his leadership and vision for the electric car company.

The package, which is tied to ambitious performance targets, includes a mix of stock options and bonuses contingent upon Tesla’s financial and operational milestones over the next decade.

As reported by Reuters, the approval underscores the support that Musk enjoys from Tesla’s retail investor base, many of whom are vocal fans of the mercurial billionaire.

The proposal passed despite opposition from some large institutional investors and proxy firms.

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The secret aspect of exercise and trauma release

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Recent studies have shed new light on the profound impact sedentary behavior is having on mental health.

A meta-analysis revealed a strong correlation between increased sitting time and higher rates of depression.

Now, many experts believe that movement and exercise are not only beneficial for mental health but also play a crucial role in trauma release.

Jenni Crumpton Ross, the President and CEO of Kula for Karma joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

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