September 11, 2021
Shanghai (Reuters) – China’s Ministry of Industry has instructed tech companies such as Alibaba Group Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd to stop blocking each other’s website links from the platform, 21st Century Business Herald said Saturday. ..
Citing an unnamed source, the newspaper said on Friday that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology proposed to companies standards for instant messaging services that all platforms must be unblocked by a certain time.
According to the newspaper, the ministry may need to resort to other measures if companies do not comply.
The move is the latest in crackdowns on regulations across industries, from tech companies to entertainment and gaming companies.
Companies attending the meeting included Alibaba, Tencent, ByteDance, Baidu Inc, Huawei Technologies Co, and Xiaomi Corp, according to the newspaper. Both companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
China’s Internet has historically been dominated by a small number of tech giants who have historically blocked rivals’ links and services on the platform, creating what analysts describe as a “walled garden.” increase.
Regulators in recent months have cracked down on companies accusing them of building monopolies and limiting consumer choice.
In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Alibaba and Tencent are gradually considering opening up services to each other, including introducing Tencent’s WeChat Pay to Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall e-commerce marketplaces. ..
(Report by Brenda Goh in Shanghai and Yingzhi Yang in Beijing, edited by William Mallard)
China directs Alibaba and Tencent to open platforms to each other – media
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