People in China can now file for divorce on WeChat, the country’s most popular instant messaging service.
The app, which has an estimated one billion active users worldwide, rolled out a trial function in Guangdong province that allows couples to make an appointment with their local divorce registration office. Following its success it is set to be implemented nationwide.
This is just one of many life-services offered by WeChat. Users can also store driving permits and passport copies, send money, pay bills and manage their tax documents.
Will we continue to see the incorporation of legal structures into social media and if so, how far will it go? Does the vast array of services offered on the messaging giant further cement its market monopoly? Moreover, how far will it allow them to influence and shape society?