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Jan 10, 2019 10:11 PM
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WeChat Creator Takes On All Comers in Four-Hour Speech

Zhang Xiaolong, creator of the WeChat social-media app, speaks at a developers conference Wednesday in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Photo: Tencent Holdings Ltd.
Zhang Xiaolong, creator of the WeChat social-media app, speaks at a developers conference Wednesday in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Photo: Tencent Holdings Ltd.

“If I could relive that moment, I would redesign one part of WeChat’s interface,” said Zhang Xiaolong, the creator of China’s near ubiquitous social media app. “That’s to make the default setting for photo-sharing as untraceable, to give people more control over their privacy.”

Zhang, who also goes by the English name Allen Zhang, shared how he created the 8-year-old app that has revolutionized how Chinese people live, at an annual conference for WeChat developers and partners Wednesday in Guangzhou, capital of South China’s Guangdong province. Zhang, known for giving long speeches, spoke for nearly four hours at the event.

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