Tech big Tencent Holdings’ WeChat, China’s hottest messaging app, mentioned it was suspending registration of latest customers in mainland China till early August because it was present process a technical improve.

The improvement comes amid a widening crackdown by Chinese regulators on know-how and personal tutoring corporations.

In a social media submit, WeChat, often known as Weixin in China, mentioned the suspension was associated to an improve of safety know-how “according to relevant laws and regulations”.

“During this time, registration of new Weixin personal and official accounts has been temporarily suspended. Registration services will be restored after the upgrade is complete, which is expected in early August,” it mentioned.

It didn’t elaborate on both the improve or what the legal guidelines or laws had been.

Tencent’s shares in Hong Kong went down by almost 9% on Tuesday, its worst day in a decade, studies mentioned.

Recently, cab-hailing big Didi suspended registration of latest customers after a number of departments of the Chinese authorities launched an investigation into alleged misuse of personal knowledge.

Earlier, ecommerce big Alibaba confronted investigations for alleged monopolistic behaviour.

WeChat is the newest in that fast-growing listing.

The app says it has round 1.2 billion customers worldwide with nearly all of customers on the Chinese mainland.

Hundreds of thousands and thousands of individuals in China use the app to message pals, make funds, ebook taxis, and share highlights of their lives beneath a class of replace known as “moments”.

Since its launch a couple of decade in the past, the app has come to occupy a central place within the social media lives of Chinese residents not solely in China, however among the many diaspora on this planet.

Its use grew to become much more widespread by the launch of mini-programmes that permit customers to hold out a variety of capabilities akin to paying utility payments.

A mini-programme within the app performed a key position in implementing China’s Covid-19 management protocols. “Over 800 million people have used the Health Code Mini Programme for checking their health status as they enter public places, while some 550 million said they have used another digital travel card in the programme that provides an overview of their itinerary in the past two weeks,” state-run China Daily wrote in an article on WeChat earlier this 12 months.

In January this 12 months, studies mentioned WeChat’s model worth elevated 25% to $67.9 billion.

Beijing-based tech advisor Zhou Zhanggui advised Reuters that buyers had been over-reacting to the “rectification” of Chinese tech corporations.

“The suspension of new user registrations on WeChat has no substantial impact on Tencent in the short term,” Zhou mentioned.

WeChat was one of many 59 Chinese apps banned by India in June 2020, as a result of as per India’s info know-how ministry, they had been “engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.


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