China: Tencent says exec being probed over links to ‘personal’ corruption allegations

The move comes amid Beijing’s unprecedented crackdown on its home-grown internet platforms, which has ensnared some of its best technology innovators and private-sector champions over violations of anti-trust and data privacy rules.

Any violation of customer data protection rules would pile more pressure on the local technology companies, already dealing with heightened regulatory scrutiny after years of a laissez-faire approach.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that a Tencent executive has been held by Chinese authorities as part of an inquiry into a high-profile corruption case involving one of the country’s former top law-enforcement officials.

“We can confirm that case relates to allegations of personal corruption and has no relation to Weixin or WeChat,” Tencent said in a statement to Reuters.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the Journal reported that the executive, Zhang Feng, has been under investigation by China’s anti-graft inspector since last year over alleged unauthorized sharing of personal data collected by Tencent’s social-media app WeChat.

The original full article can be found at reuters.com

(Photo: REUTERS/Aly Song)

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