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US$7K-a-month China blogger loses it all with just one post

Web writers and bloggers in China walk a fine line between satire and censorship on platforms with a wide reach. Tencent Holdings' WeChat - a mobile app that blends chats, blogging, shopping, digital wallets, and other smartphone apps - had 762.4 million monthly active users at the end of March.

Hong Kong

AT the peak of her WeChat blogging career, Laura Lian was earning about US$7,000 a month. Writing satirical articles for more than 220,000 fans, she won backing from an investor and quit her public relations job.

Then it all came tumbling down. Internet authorities shut...