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2020

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Emojis Are Used to Battle Covid-19 Censors

Users on WeChat, the Chinese messaging app, evades censors by translating a viral interview about covid-19 from the March edition of the local state-run magazine, People, into emojis. The interview is with Ai Fen, the director of the emergency department of Wuhan Central Hospital. Ai was the first doctor to pass along information about the then–mystery illness which become known as covid-19 or the coronavirus.

The censors keep deleting the story so the users started to translate it in different ways, one of them using emojis.

WeChat uses emojis to battle Chinese censors