Prostitution Shuts Down 20 Million WeChat Accounts

Tencent announced yesterday that it shut down 20 million of its WeChat messaging app accounts because they were linked to providing prostitution services. According to a The Next Web article, if all of those accounts were active, a significant chunk of Tencent’s 396 million accounts could have been eliminated.

The news source cited a statement from WeChat that the organization made last week. WeChat explained that it was going to start cleaning up its platform starting on June 9 to “protect the user experience.” WeChat added that it removes 10 million advertisements on a daily basis that are linked with fraud or do not adhere to regulations.

“From March till now, Tencent has also cleaned up its other social networks QQ and QQ Zone, removing 20 million spam messages, 250,000 malicious accounts, and removed over 70 million postings that were deemed to spread pornography or were related to fraud,” the article explained.

Even so, Tencent has been reporting positive numbers. Last month, it was reported that Tencent’s revenue went up 36 percent from one year ago, while net profit surged 60 percent. 

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