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Plantin, Jean-Christophe and Gabriele de Seta. 2019. WeChat as infrastructure: the techno-nationalist shaping of Chinese digital platforms. Chinese Journal of Communication 12 (3) : 257–273.
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This case study of the Chinese social media application, WeChat, argues that WeChat is an example of a non-Western digital media service that owes its success first to its platformization and then to the infrastructuralization of its platform model. It concludes by inquiring whether this emerging techno-nationalist model could be a plausible platform regulation in the future.