WeChat, the most popular application in China, has taken a step further in its range of services. According to the online version of the Xinhua newspaper, people living in Guangdong province can now file for divorce through the famous application.
Couples who no longer wish to be together can make an appointment with their local divorce registration office under the new WeChat function, which was launched two weeks ago but is still on trial.
According to Business Insider, in order to access the service, the user must access the personal documents option, and then the subtitle “Marriage”, where a function should appear that says: “Make an appointment for the divorce register”. Then, the app takes the user to a page where he tells if he currently lives in China or elsewhere.
After that, the person who wants the divorce can enter the couple’s personal information, including names and addresses. Finally, we proceed to make an appointment with the local divorce registrar.
Dating was “a pretty typical functionality we found on WeChat,” said WeChat expert Matthew Brennan, who resides in the Asian nation. “It is also very typical that payments can also be handled directly through WeChat, although without going through the process, it is not clear if this is an option now,” he added.
— Matthew Brennan (@mbrennanchina) May 29, 2018
WeChat covers everything in China
Although for Westerners WeChat is usually presented as a messaging application, in reality, it is more of a “super app”, a platform in which users can perform a large number of actions such as chatting, buying, playing, etc. For that reason, to request the divorce is only one of the many functions.
Previously the users of the province could get hold of driving licenses and copies of passports, and manage their tax documents. They can also request a marriage license. Although currently only available in Guangdong Province, it is likely to be used in a similar manner throughout the country.
Faced with the question of whether WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger could eventually offer a similar service, the odds are very low. Unlike China, Western users have greater reservations when it comes to granting their private information to technology companies, which also do not work closely with governments.