Just a (WeChat) Mo­ment, please!

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

Have you ever been trou­bled by the de­mand for vot­ing on WeChat Mo­ments – the lat­est fad in App town? Many a time we are asked by “long-lost” friends or “un­fa­mil­iar” rel­a­tives to cast votes for their ac­quain­tances or chil­dren on WeChat Mo­ments, be­cause they are in the fray for some­thing which does not even re­motely con­cern us. The fa­nati­cism of the right to ex­er­cise your fran­chise on­line throws up “elec­toral is­sues” of fair­ness and ob­jec­tiv­ity. Gain­ing votes on WeChat Mo­ments de­pends on con­nec­tions, not abil­ity. Con­tes­tants and vot­ers have to part with pri­vate in­for­ma­tion to vote on­line, which can be used by crim­i­nals to com­mit il­le­gal acts. It is time au­thor­i­ties brought in rules to pro­tect per­sonal in­for­ma­tion.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Peter C. Espina/GT

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