CNBC reports on Australia’s Department of Defense prohibiting the popular Chinese chat app WeChat from being used on its network assets:
Messaging and e-payment app WeChat has become the latest Chinese technology to be banned by an overseas military on security grounds, with Australia instructing its armed forces not to use it.
The country’s defence department said the service did not meet its standards, although it did not directly link the ban to security concerns.
“Software and applications that do not meet Defence standards will not be authorised for use on Defence networks and mobile devices,” the country’s defence department said in an email statement. “Defence has a strict policy concerning the use of social media on its networks and mobile devices. Defence allows very few applications on Defence mobile devices. WeChat has not been authorised for use.”
Australia is part of the Five Eyes, so it should come as no surprise to see them banning Chinese internet technology. It simply boils down to a matter of trust, and it is hard to have any when China is wreaking havoc all over the world, even if they have been a bit quiet lately.