WeChat is a multi-purpose instant messaging, social media and mobile payment app used primarily (but not exclusively) by Chinese Newcomers. You can use text, photo, voice, video, location sharing, create group chats with up to 500 members and group video calls with up to 9 people.
Current known uses in the sector
- WeChat is used by Settlement Practitioners and organizations serving Newcomers from China.
- WeChat can be used in Citizenship Preparation, Community Connections, Employment-related, Information and Orientation, Library Settlement Partnership, Settlement Workers in Schools, Pre-Arrival to communicate securely and effectively with Newcomers who prefer digital messaging as a way to stay connected and informed.
WeChat is free to use.
Service Context and activities with descriptions about how it could be used in each context – from simple uses to more complex
Ease of use & Accessibility
WeChat doesn’t have information about accessibility on its site.
WeChat is primarily used through mobile apps, but is also available for Windows, Mac, and web access.
Privacy/security features, including data security and message encryption
WeChat is not considered a secure platform to use to share personally identifiable information with clients. However, like Facebook, it can be used as part of the service continuum.
You can change the default language in WeChat. However, WeChat indicates that “Hebrew, Hindi and Polish are no longer supported.”