China sues Tencent over WeChat Youth Mode

China sues Tencent over WeChat Youth Mode
Tencent says it is investigating claims made by Chinese authorities. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Prosecutors of China have filed a civil legal action against the country’s tech giant Tencent over claims its messaging app WeChat’s Youth Mode doesn’t comply with laws protecting minors.

Youth Mode prevents younger users from accessing playing certain games, payments and finding nearby friends.

Prosecutors, however, have not specified exactly how the app is allegedly violating Chinese law.

Tencent said it would “investigate” the accusation.

The company said in a video posted in Chinese social media site Weibo, saying: “We will earnestly inspect and check the functions of WeChat Youth Mode, accept user suggestions humbly and sincerely respond to civil public-interest litigation.”

WeChat is known as Weixin in China and has about 1.26 billion monthly active users.

Chinese authorities last week called for minors to be better protected from online dangers, with a state-media article labelling games as “spiritual opium”.

Shortly after the article was published, Tencent’s share price fell by more than 10%.

And the company swiftly announced stricter limits for younger players of its hugely popular game Honour of Kings.

Young players can now able to play the game for only an hour a day on weekdays.

It was reported in April that Chinese authorities were preparing a substantial fine for Tencent as part of its efforts to clamp down on internet giants.

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