Beijing prosecutors initiate lawsuit against Tencent over WeChat’s ‘youth mode’
- Beijing prosecutors initiated a civil public-interest lawsuit against a Tencent subsidiary on Friday, saying the “youth mode” on the company’s popular social messaging app WeChat does not comply with laws protecting minors.
- WeChat’s “youth mode”, when turned on, limits young users’ access to some games and functions, such as payments or finding nearby friends. he government’s draft Online Safety Bill released in May 2021 would compel social media sites and search engines to remove harmful content such as terrorist content, child sexual exploitation and disinformation.
- Chinese authorities have called for minors to be better protected from online harms.
- This follows Tuesday’s news on online gaming being branded as an ‘electronic drug’ and Tencent’s announcement of new measures to reduce young people’s access to its game ‘Honor of Kings’.
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