The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology warned the platforms and the app stores to implement the order against Tencent’s apps.
The duration and the reason for the suspension are unknown
The Chinese government has suspended Tencent Holding from updating its applications including WeChat which has over 1.2 billion users or launching new ones according to Chinese media reports.
Tencent said it is working with authorities to inspect its apps, indirectly confirming the report.
Tencent currently has over 70 active apps and more than 100 games published by Tencent Mobile Games.
“We are continuously working to enhance user protection features within our apps, and also have regular cooperation with relevant government agencies to ensure regulatory compliance. Our apps remain functional and available for download,” Tencent said in its statement.
The decision is just the latest in a series of regulations recently introduced to bring the country’s tech sector back under control.
In recent months, Beijing has stepped up its legislative efforts to regulate data management in the country, having enacted the cybersecurity law in 2017, followed by the data security law in September 2021, which requires companies to undergo a security assessment to get approval before sending user data overseas.
In November, China enacted the Personal Information Protection Act, one of the strictest regulations in the world for the security of personal data with far-reaching implications for cross-border data transfers and the way businesses operate within the country.