China warns application developers through the latest Tencent suspension. The decision of the Asian country is quite alarming for many app creators, especially since Tencent Holdings is one of the largest app companies across the globe.
In this photo illustration, a mobile phone can be seen displaying the logos for Chinese apps WeChat and TikTok in front of a monitor showing the flags of the United States and China on an internet page, on September 22, 2020 in Beijing, China. Both popular Chinese-owned apps are facing bans under an executive order signed by United States President Donald Trump, but on Saturday, Trump said he was giving the go ahead to a deal between TikTok, Oracle.
It is also considered the top gaming developer when it comes to revenues. However, because of some user data regulation violations, the Chinese decided to ban the company from upgrading its applications.
Aside from this, Tencent is also suspended from publishing new apps in the country.
“This is not just a Tencent issue but a wider issue for internet companies – although MIIT has gone after these illicit practices regularly, many companies have must shrugged off the warnings,” said one of Trivium China’s analysts, Linghao Bao.
China Warns App Devs Through Tencent Suspension
According to the South China Morning Post’s latest report, the latest ban against Tencent serves as a reminder that app devs should follow China’s new laws and regulations regarding user data.
The headquarters of Tencent, the parent company of Chinese social media company WeChat, are seen in Beijing on August 7, 2020. – Beijing on August 7 accused the United States of “suppression” after President Donald Trump ordered sweeping restrictions against Chinese social media giants TikTok and WeChat.
Bao explained that the new administrative suspension against the giant application creator signifies that the new user data laws would be “ruthless.”
As of the moment, Tencent is still cooperating with the Chinese government officials to fix the issue. The company also wants to ensure regulatory compliance with the apps that are still available for download.
China’s suspension against Tencent is currently a part of MIIT’s (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) broad campaign to follow the country’s Personal Information Protection Law.
What Tencent Needs to Remove the Suspension
CNBC reported that before Tencent could go back to its regular operations, the game publisher still needs to have Chinese regulators’ approval.
The company said that it is now enhancing its user app protection features to make this possible. You can visit this link to see more details.
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