We don’t typically cheer on Chinese authorities’ crack-downs on mass communication, but we’re willing to make an exception here. 250 people have been arrested and several hundred digital components have been confiscated throughout Beijing after police decided they’d had enough stupid spam texts and WeChat messages about winning free iPhones.
Chinese phone users (i.e. everyone) received more than 300 billion pieces of spam content last year, many of which were sales promotions, gambling scams, or blatant fraud. According to China Daily, the messages are sent out from digital “base stations,” which can send out some 12,000 spam messages per hour.
Ministry of Public Security, you’re on our good side, for now.