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Founded in November, 1998, Tencent has grown into one of China’s largest Internet service portals. Its platforms include QQ (QQ Instant Messenger), QQ.com, QQ Games, Qzone, 3g.QQ.com, SoSo, PaiPai and Tenpay, and span communication, information, entertainment, e-commerce and others. As of September 30, 2011, it said its active QQ user accounts for QQ IM stood at 711.7 million. Tencent listed in Hong Kong in 2004.


Tencent's messaging app WeChat target of latest crackdown by officials

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 May, 2014, 5:01am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 May, 2014, 5:01am

The authorities will begin a month-long crackdown on Tencent Holdings' popular WeChat messaging application, state media reported, the latest in a series of curbs on online expression.

WeChat, whose Chinese name means micro-message, has quickly become a news source for mobile phone users on the mainland, where most traditional news outlets are heavily censored.

"Some people are using this platform to disseminate negative, harmful or illegal information to the public, seriously damaging the internet system and hurting the public interest," according to a report on state-owned China News Service, alleging the messaging service was "causing dissatisfaction among internet users".

The crackdown would focus on accounts sending information with the ability to "communicate [widely] and mobilise society", the report said.

Accounts accused of spreading rumours and ideas about violence, terrorism, cheating and sex would be targeted, said the report.

Tencent could not be immediately reached for comment.

The report went on to say that authorities would also seek to weed out domestic and foreign forces seeking to infiltrate and sabotage the nation.

Authorities closed dozens of popular internet accounts sending out social or political content in March.

Unlike popular microblogging services such as Sina Weibo, where posts can reach millions of people in minutes, WeChat allows users to communicate in small, private circles of friends, and send text and voice messages for free - which is a major part of its success.

The Communist Party renewed a campaign to regulate online discourse last year, threatening legal action against people who post rumours online which are reposted more than 500 times or viewed by more than 5,000 people.


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Thats business as usual in China
can we shut down the great firewall for "causing dissatisfaction among internet users"? But I guess the positive outpouring and increased support of the population after such a move would just overwhelm the officials and leave them dumbfounded.
I would be very pleased if the Chinese Government banned WeChat from the Chinese Internet. How is it possible for me to be added to a group that has around 144 members and then find that the tone announcing a new message becomes a single long tone with the amount of puerile nonsense that people write. I had to get my IT Manager to help me leave the chat and silence all of the others. Seriously thinking about complaining on WeChat about WeChat. LMAO. Ban QQ as well whilst you are at it. "Knock knock knock..." Imagine the rise in productivity if people were actually to focus on their jobs and not the latest "Mai Meng".
You have to love the language they use its a beauty. I can only imagine myself be back in Canada and sitting home and reading the Canadian government in reaction to the many complain of foreign forces trying to sabotage the national unity has decided to arrest all the Chinese that were complaining that the investor immigration program had closed. Moreover the government is suspecting eastern power were trying to weaken the unity and peace of the country trying to spread news that its government was illegitimate in the arctic circle. Therefore the Canadian government is closing all forums, facebooks and twitter and made 20 arrest yesterday again citizens accused of disseminating false news and 1 for spying on a horse of the RCMP. lol you have to love them


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