In 2015, We Chat revealed a heat map feature that showed crowd density.Quartz columnist Josh Horwitz alleged the feature is being used by the Chinese government to track irregular assemblies of people to determine unlawful assembly.
The further withdraw more than 1,000 yuan would be charged 0.1% fee. But the other payment functions include red envelopes and transfers are still free of charges.
We Chat Pay's main competitor is Alibaba Group's Alipay; company founder Jack Ma considered the red envelope feature to be a "Pearl Harbor moment", as it began to erode Alipay's historic dominance in the online payments industry in China, especially in peer-to-peer money transfer.
Once users as individuals or organizations set up a type of account, they cannot change it to another type.
By the end of 2014, the number of We Chat official accounts had reached 8 million.
When sent to groups, the money is distributed equally, or in random shares ("Lucky Money").