Students Being Graded On Number Of Social Media Followers
Students at a University in China have been tasked with adding as many friends as possible on the popular messaging app WeChat, the assignment is worth 30 per cent of their final grade.
Students at Henan University of Economics and Law are "nervous wrecks" after being told they need to add at least 1,000 strangers on WeChat to pass an assignment.
It's part of the compulsory Internet and New Media Course.
Students have contacted Chinese Media complaining about the demand. One student, who wished to remain anonymous, said "I've had WeChat for many years and only have some 100 friends. Everyone is a nervous wreck."
Other students said they felt uncomfortable inviting strangers into their personal WeChat account.
"It is a tough task. I only have about 100 friends on my Wechat account. Many of us feel frustrated and worried we won't be able to add so many friends," a student complained.
Not all students were against the assignment -- a second-year, Zhao Shuailong, said it was a great way to get new contacts.
The student explained that in China, many social media managers are required to have more than 100,000 views on their WeChat posts.
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A Pear Video story about the issue has gone viral, viewed more than 7 million times and attracting more than 10,000 comments.
WeChat is basically the Chinese version of WhatsApp and has more than one billion monthly users.