China has suspended WeChat developer Tencent Holdings from launching new apps or updates to existing apps amid concerns that they impede the "rights and interests" of users. The news comes several days after China's market regulator fined Tencent and other tech companies for alleged antitrust violations.
- China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology ordered the suspension on Wednesday as part of “temporary administrative guidance” against Tencent, the South China Morning Post reported.
- Other news reports said Tencent would only need to submit the new apps and updates for a seven-day review before they become live.
- In a statement, Tencent said it's always working to enhance app features that protect users, noting that it will cooperate with government agencies to comply with regulations.
- The tech giant has published 70+ apps that are currently active. Its Tencent Mobile Games division has published 100+ games, including PUBG Mobile and Alchemy Stars.
- Earlier this year, the company asked WeChat users to choose between overseas accounts or the China-only version, Weixin, as it sought to comply with China's new and stricter data laws.