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Chinese Drug Dealer Delivers Encrypted Messages to Buyers Using Short Videos on Social Media

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Chinese Drug Dealer Delivers Encrypted Messages to Buyers Using Short Videos on Social Media

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Short videos on social media platforms have become a new type of drug trafficking tool in China. Drug dealers use them to deliver hidden messages to buyers, whereas ordinary people see them as regular videos. On Sept. 13, CCTV, a Chinese state-owned media, exposed a case of a narcotic dealer using hidden messages in short videos to communicate with other dealers or users. In 2019, Li Moubao, a man from Foshan city, Guangdong Province, was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking. After police interrogation, Li confessed the source of his drugs, which surprised authorities. Li suggested he could analyze and discern whether the uploader of short videos may be a drug seller on social media platforms. He said that he obtained the seller’s WeChat account through information hidden in the short videos, and the seller would hint whether he had drugs when Li reached out. The online name of the …

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