China has suspended Tencent from updating its current apps or from launching any new apps. Media reports in the country say that it’s a “temporary administrative guidance” against the massive tech giant that’s the creator of the hugely popular WeChat app that hosts over 1.2 billion users.
In a statement, Tencent said it is “continuously working to enhance user protection features within [their] apps, and also have regular cooperation with relevant government agencies to ensure regulatory compliance.”
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has instructed app stores and other providers to enforce the order against Tencent apps starting today.
Financial news outlet Yicai reported the news, without naming sources, and said that Tencent is being investigated for infringing users “rights and interests.”
Reuters reported that the order, starting today, is valid until the end of the year and all mobile app updates Tencent submits will have to be reviewed by authorities.
The Chinese government has a massive stranglehold over technology in the country, issuing censorship orders on a regular basis.