Few key takeaways from WeChat’s founder Allen Zhang’s keynote address.


Our goal is to be the best tool there is on the Internet.

We will never read users’ chat history. Users have told us their need for certain features, such as syncing conversation history to the cloud. It’s not that we can’t realize the sync technically. But from a security point of view, it’s best not to retain chat history, so that has always been our default mode.

Now that we are in the holiday season, many apps have tweaked their logos to include festive elements, and introduced a “looking back at 2017” feature in an effort to touch users’ hearts. But this is not something we would do. I think it’s a little disrespectful to try to touch someone on purpose.

I think our product must maintain a very high level of professionalism, and treat users as friends, not as people that we can boss around.