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Tencent-Owned Wechat Faces Lawsuits Against Its “Youth Mode” Over Violation Of Protection Of Minor Laws In China


Since the start of 2021, many Chinese apps have been taken down due to their violating policies and security issues like the DIDI app that we talked about earlier.

Earlier too Chinese government tried to stop the video game mafia, Tencent, who planned on buying two of the most popular live-streaming platforms, Huya and Douyu. Now there are certain allegations placed on Tencent-owned and developed WeChat which is a multi-purpose messaging, social media, and mobile payment app.

There is a civil lawsuit filed against WeChat which is owned by Tencent in Beijing. A lawsuit is filed against the “youth mode” included in the WeChat app that strictly goes against the rules and regulations law of the Chinese government regarding the protection of minors.

This lawsuit was filed on Friday by people living in the Haidian district of Beijing. This was initiated by the public procurator of the district whose main job is to look after investigation and prosecution of crime. It was filed against Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems. This was known after JCRB.com which is a top Chinese prosecutor site and publishes all the information about various investigations done by prosecutors in China.

The documents that were published on the site did not reveal how WeChat actually broke the law regarding the protection of minors in China but it did give out the right to all other agencies and companies who wish to file a lawsuit against Tencent to contact the prosecutor within 30 days. This can be a way to make the evidence stronger and get support to finally take down the company in a single go.

After Tencent knew about the lawsuit it did not react immediately and took some time to understand and review the situation thus finding out the flaws in its own system as well as stand up with strong evidence to back the lawsuit.

Talking about the youth mode on WeChat is quite normal to my sense. When the youth mode is turned on it limits the users access to certain games and functions and also does not show nearby friends that they could contact and meet up with. It also takes down the payment option available in the app.

When the Chinese authorities came to know about the lawsuit and the problem, they expressed their concern towards the minors of their country and how in all ways they aspire to protect them. They even went on and criticized the video game mafia, Tencent, and its subsidiary WeChat, the social media platform that has engaged in the process of promoting celebrity culture.

Talking about this issue, celebrity culture is a high-volume perpetuation of celebrities’ personal lives on a global scale. It is inherently tied to consumer interests where celebrities transform their fame to become product brands. Over time many become too immersed in it. Whilst most of us follow celebrities to some extent, others devote hours of their day idolizing their favorite stars. Although this can be harmless it can also lead to problems such as anxiety, body image issues, and mental health issues.

Tencent on Tuesday tried to stop some activities of the minors on their Honor of Kings game and stopped their access to certain features. This was done after a famous state media article showcased the games as spiritual opium. Opium is an addictive drug.

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