Aus PM loses control of WeChat account

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lost control of his account on the Chinese-owned social media platform WeChat and a lawmaker on Monday accused China’s leaders of political interference. Morrison’s 76,000 WeChat followers were notified his page had been renamed Australian Chinese new life earlier this month and his photograph had been removed, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported. The changes were made without the government’s knowledge, the report said. Morrison’s office declined to comment on the report.

The owner of the Chinese social media platform WeChat insists there is no evidence of any hacking or third-party intrusion of Scott Morrison’s account. Coalition members have vowed to boycott WeChat in retaliation for the prime minister’s account being taken over and rebranded as Australian Chinese new life” earlier this month