WECHAT IS ABOUT TO BECOME THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR FORM OF ID, BUT YOU’VE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF IT

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WeChat, the popular social media network, is about to become China’s first official national electronic personal ID system.

On Monday, authorities in Guangzhou, one of China’s largest cities, announced that its citizens in the southern province will no longer need to bring their ID cards on their person, as long as they have a phone with WeChat, reported local news sites. And if the test launch is successful, the new virtual ID card will be rolled out across the nation next month.

The virtual ID card will be as valid as paper identification issued by the Chinese state, Xinhua reported.   electronic personal ID system