As for the pass system, it isn’t clear if the new electronic pass system will make it easier for Chinese citizens to enter Hong Kong and Macau.
Uniqlo later officially denied this, although the publicity that the video brought the brand was certainly very welcome.
Other brands, in particular H&M and Zara made efforts to jump on the bandwagon with witty posts.
We Chat has laid down clear policies with regard to posting pornographic content. The We Chat Operations Platform publishes weekly statistics on the numbers of official We Chat accounts that are punished due to breaching their pornography guidelines. These are punishments for ‘Official Accounts’ so don’t be worried about your personal account being blocked because of that gif you sent yesterday.
In the battle for article views and followers on We Chat, sex is a powerful tool.
Moreover, the new system will likely not change the fact that Chinese citizens still need to apply for exit endorsements in person at an office of the Exit and Entry Administration.
Of course, being able to tie both an Entry-Exit Permit and an endorsement to one’s We Chat account may at least make the process of crossing the border less of a hassle.
The physical access for millions of Chinese citizens to enter these destinations will be improved, particularly for Chinese citizens living to the west of Hong Kong across the bay in the metropolitan areas of Zhongshan and Zhuhai.
For those cities, the bridge will provide direct driving access to Hong Kong.
As a test during writing this article, we logged into ‘look around’ and waited for 10 minutes.
Sure enough we were contacted by a seemingly beautiful student model openly advertising her home delivery services.
Tencent rival Alibaba is also working on making Alipay a digital substitute for the Resident Identity Card.