Chinese domain market : WeChat censoring group chats, so why do domainers trust it?

Chinese domain sales report.

Chinese domain sales report.

WeChat, the Chinese multi-function app by Tencent, has been censoring the private messages of its users, both in China and in other countries.

Phones registered in China but used in other countries contain unique id numbers, allowing the WeChat application to enforce the censoring of words that the Chinese government imposes.

Censorship is no longer obvious: no warnings are issued, but words and phrases are removed silently instead.

This is a huge demonstration of the amount of intrusion the Chinese government is imposing – a manifestation of a Big Brother state.

Why would domain investors trust WeChat, if it complies with such extreme and unwarranted government control?

WeChat is essentially a monopoly among Chinese users, the result of strict regulation that seeks all competing apps, such as Messenger, to store their data in servers within China.

For most Western countries, this is both impossible and unacceptable, and they opt not to do business in China.

The Chinese domain market is ending its downhill course through 2016 with a blip here and there, but overall, volume has dropped since a year ago, along with median prices.

We keep track of short domains, between 2 to 4 characters in length, for the .CN, .COM and .NET TLDs.

Due to the drop in overall trading volume, we post updates every few days. Today’s list spans December 1st to December 5th.

Naturally, the last few weeks of the year will experience an increase in the number of domains changing hands.

Note the sale of, another LL .com domain in the hands of the Chinese.

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