WeChat Suspends New User Registration amid China’s Tightening Data Policing

Tencent’s popular social messaging app WeChat announced on Tuesday that it would suspend all new user registrations in Mainland China until early August.

In a statement, WeChat, also known as Weixin in China, said that its suspension of new user registrations for its services is necessary as it is “currently upgrading our security technology to align with all relevant laws and regulations” of the Chinese regulators.

“During this time, registration of new Weixin personal and official accounts has been temporarily suspended. Registration services will be restored after the upgrade is complete, which is expected in early August,” the social messaging giant said on Tuesday.

WeChat’s move comes amid the Chinese regulators’ intensifying crackdown on tech giants and education firms over the past few weeks.

The government is in the process of finalizing the Personal Information Protection Law, a regulation that would compel tech firms to enforce stricter measures to safeguard the privacy and data storage of their users.

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