Tencent’s WeChat has temporarily suspended the registration of new users in territory China as it goes through a technical update “to align with relevant laws and regulations”, China’s dominant messaging platform said on Tuesday. “We are currently upgrading our security technology to align with all relevant laws and regulations,” the company said in a statement to Reuters.
“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 company said. Weixin is the Chinese name for WeChat.
China is currently fixing its strategy towards privacy and data security. It is preparing a Personal Information Protection Law, which calls for tech platforms to impose stricter measures to guarantee the secure storage of user data.