New rules for instant messaging

by Verena Nowotny

Bad news for Tencent, with about 400 million monthly users China's Social Media giant: the government imposed new rules that aim at all instant messaging services, however, given Tencent's WeChat popularity it will hurt Tencent the most. The new regulation aims at curbing anonymous postings as well as unapproved political comments. Tencent remains rather relaxed in its official statement according to a report in the New York Times, although they are not quite sure how to enforce the new rules.