The Chinese authorities have required Tencent to provide any new applications or updates to existing software for review before they are published on the Internet. The move follows the discovery of violations in a number of the company’s products.
The Chinese edition of Yicai, citing anonymous sources, said that the requirement to check the software before publishing on the Web was put forward Tencent By the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) after some of the company’s applications were found to violate the rights and interests of users.
MIIT reportedly recently issued a notice stating that from November 24 to December 31, all Tencent mobile apps and updates will need to pass a seven-day check before they can be downloaded to app stores. Tencent said its apps have retained full functionality and are still available for download. The company claims to continually work on user protection features and regularly work with government agencies to ensure that its products comply with regulations.
Chinese regulators have taken a series of harsh measures against local tech giants over the past year, accusing them of monopolistic behavior and consumer abuse. These measures include strengthening regulatory reviews of mobile applications. Earlier this month, MIIT urged Chinese tech giants to eliminate the excessive collection of users’ personal information in 38 apps.