BYLINE: Jul 23, 2020 15:22:21The Chinese government has banned WeChat, the messaging app popular in the country, from the internet for several months, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday.
In a statement, WeChat said it would comply with the ruling and comply with its obligations.
The company said it is cooperating with authorities.
WeChat’s suspension of services is related to “a serious anti-social conduct that violates China’s regulations on social media,” it said.
China has been cracking down on social networks, particularly those run by U.S. tech companies and others that it says are promoting illegal activities.
In May, the government banned the social media service WeChat and a handful of other platforms for violating anti-trust laws.
Weibo, the largest Chinese social media site, has been blocked in China for more than a year, and Facebook Inc. has been banned in the United States and Australia.
The companies said they were appealing the ruling.
The ban affects about 50 million users in China.