Wechat, the popular Chinese app, is the top downloaded mobile messaging app in the world according to an article by Al Jazeera.
It is followed by WhatsApp, which has been downloaded more than 100 million times in the past year, and Facebook, which is downloaded in more than 250 million countries.
The article said it was a “surprise” that the top three apps were all from China, where the internet is blocked and censored.
It said China’s censorship policies are based on the country’s own constitution and laws and do not include the rights of internet users, who are subject to strict censorship in China.
“The internet in China is controlled by a network of authorities, who want to maintain a monopoly on the internet, and their goal is to keep control over all aspects of the internet,” said the article.
“This means the internet in some countries is more difficult to access and less free than it is in others, and that means that users are more likely to find themselves in a situation of discrimination, harassment, and even death,” it added.
China’s internet has been under pressure in recent years, as the country moves to make the internet less accessible to the majority of its citizens, including the LGBT community.
Activists and rights groups have called for greater internet freedom in the country.