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37 minutes ago, roddy said:

Zac's been a very good example of how a business can use this site to help users out and raise awareness of products without coming across as annoying and spammy. It's unfortunate to see him be given a hard time in already uncomfortable circumstance. I hope he'll be back.

Not sure if this is directed at me but it appears to be so I'll respond: Yes, it's unfortunate. A lot of things about this situation are unfortunate. I am providing feedback that I would have provided more diplomatically had I known it was a PRC-based app from the start, as had I known this information my expectations for what kinds of things to expect from the app would have been much lower. Does Zac care that someone who was a VIP for the better part of a year will cancel that membership because the site now shadowbans posts containing certain external links and keywords? I guess so. Please keep in mind that I have never posted about politics on Hellotalk, I found posts of mind were being shadowbanned just for linking to things my language partners would have otherwise enjoyed seeing, such as movie review websites.  Do the authorities who apparently have demanded such measures care that I just go somewhere else? Probably not at all.

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43 minutes ago, PerpetualChange said:

a PRC-based app

Moot point, but IIRC; Hong Kong-based with an office in Shenzhen. Moot point because most HK companies work with a similar setup.


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Thank you @HelloTalk Zac for keeping us informed. I can’t imagine how difficult this has been for you all.


I’ve been using HelloTalk less often (an absolute mound of personal issues has obliterated my mental tolerance for language), but when I do I talk mainly to people in Taiwan, so I’m guessing that will be impacted in some way by this change. I’d love it if it were possible to keep chats between non-大陸 people on separate servers outside the firewall. HelloTalk is the best app of this kind that exists, so I’ll miss it greatly.

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@HelloTalk Zac


I would like to ask, is there any difference in Hellotalk app within China and Hellotalk with the rest of the world?


Rather like 抖音 and Tiktok have different versions.

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HelloTalk Zac

We only have one app the same app globally (unlike Tiktok and 抖音). 

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