The most popular messaging app platform in China, WeChat, on Tuesday 2nd denied allegations about user’s chat information storage. A top businessman in the country complained on one of the media platforms. He said that Tencent monitors everyone’s account and chats.
“Tencent Chairman, Ma Huateng watches all our WeChat conversations daily,” Li Shufu, Volvo car brand’s owner and Chairman of Geely Holdings, on Monday 1st said on one of Chinese’s media platform.
Later, Tencent Holding’s company replied to the quote by Shufu. The company said that it doesn’t store the user’s chat history. Instead, history storage is on the users’ mobile phones, computers or any other terminals they use.
The company denied the allegations and termed them as pure malice and rumors since it doesn’t use any of the user’s content for data analysis.
Unlike other Chinese social media platforms, WeChat does not suppress public posts considered illegal by the Communist Party. However, the company should censor all online posts deemed illegitimate.
In response to a request by the government authority and law enforcement agencies, Tencent Holdings Company says it may need to hold on to the users’ information.
In September last year, China’s cyber supervisory body announced a new rule for all messaging apps in the country. The watchdog’s state made all the chat group administrators and companies owning the messaging apps accountable for violation of any content rules.
In the same month of September, Tencent, among other tech firms received maximum penalties from the cyber watchdogs. This was because of them failing to censor online content properly. Among the tech firms affected by the sanctions include Baidu Inc. and Weibo Corp. The companies were asked to increase content auditing measures.
According to Amnesty International report, out of the world’s 11 most popular messenger apps, Tencent’s WeChat ranked bottom of them all. This is after an analysis report showing how they use encryption to protect users’ privacy.