After Beijing state prosecutors initiating a civil public interest lawsuit against Tencent’s subsidiary, the company said it would investigate the functions of its popular social messaging app WeChat’s “youth mode”.
According to prosecutors, WeChat’s “youth mode” does not comply with laws which protects minors.
“We will earnestly inspect and check the functions of WeChat Youth Mode, accept user suggestions humbly and sincerely respond to civil public interest litigation,” said Tencent’s WeChat team in a post on Weibo.
According to a filing posted on JCRB.com, a website run by China’s top prosecutor, the lawsuit was initiated by Beijing’s Haidian District People’s Procuratorate against Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Co Ltd.
Incidentally, the document does not specifically mention which sections of Chinese law did WeChat’s “youth mode” is in non-compliance with.
Tencent did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
WeChat’s “youth mode”, when turned on, limits young users’ access to some games and functions, such as payments or finding nearby friends.
Authorities in China have called for minors to be better protected from dangers on China’s highly regulated internet. The sentiment was mirrored by state media as well which earlier this week criticized the video gaming industry as well as online platforms that help promote celebrity culture.