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Attendees take a selfie before a press conference announcing the return of the Motorola brand to China, Beijing, Jan. 26, 2015 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

China Forces Big Tech to Make a Choice: Play By Beijing’s Rules, or Be Left Out

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

Editor's Note: This article was updated in December 2018.

When WhatsApp users in China started noticing technical problems with the mobile messaging application in September 2017, nothing seemed unusual at first. The slow sending speeds and inability to deliver video and audio files could have easily been due to a spotty internet connection or a bug. Many users in China had experienced such issues before; these were usually limited and localized, and they were resolved in a matter of days. ...

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