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Australia political leaders use Chinese app to chase votes

Australia's prime minister and his political rival say they are not tailoring their political messages to suit Chinese censors as the politicians increasingly use Chinese social media to woo Chinese-speaking voters.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten said on Wednesday they each have accounts with China's largest social media platform, WeChat, which they use to target Chinese-speaking voters ahead of federal elections on May 18.

Critics argue that the Australian political leaders risk being kicked off the platform if they don't comply with Chinese censorship rules.

Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten speaks to the media during a press conference during a visit to a construction business in Townsville, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Shorten and his political rival, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, say they are not tailoring their political messages to suit Chinese censors as the politicians increasingly use Chinese social media to woo Chinese-speaking voters. (Lukas CochAAP Image via AP)

Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports Morrison's account is registered in Fujian province and Shorten's account in Shandong province. Morrison and Shorten say they have not been subjected to Chinese censorship used on social media.