In August, authorities in Zhejiang and Shandong provinces launched unified arrest operations, utilizing the data collected through long-term tracking of believers.
The Chinese government is using WeChat, a popular multi-purpose social media and messaging app, for mass surveillance, including to monitor people of faith.
As coronavirus spreads around the world, people of faith rely on the internet as the only way to maintain their group religious activities. But not in China.
The authoritarian regime incites teachers and students to report each other, forced to act as informers to monitor and snitch on dissidents and believers.