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China reinstates original ending of 1999 Hollywood movie Fight Club after backlash

Chinese streaming giant Tencent has reinstated the original ending of a Hollywood movie after a censored version last month sparked backlash. The original ending to the 1999 film Fight Club shows the narrator killing his imaginary alter-ego, before bombs destroyed buildings in a subversive plot to reorder society. But China’s version showed a message onscreen […]

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Chinese regulator asks Tencent to suspend new app roll out and updates

Technology giant Tencent has been told to halt the roll out of new apps in China. The country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has also ordered a temporary suspension of updates to the products. It comes as the technology industry regulator reviews compliance with privacy rules introduced this month. However, current versions of […]

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China limits children’s online gaming to three hours per week

Kids and teens under 18 years old in China will only be allowed up to three hours per week to play online video games, China’s video game regulator said. The National Press and Publication Administration told state-run news agency Xinhua that game-playing would be only allowed between 8:00pm to 9:00pm on Fridays, weekends and legal […]

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Tencent’s messaging-app WeChat faces legal challenges over ‘Youth-Mode’

Chinese officials have filed civil legal action against Tencent over claims its messaging-app WeChat’s Youth Mode does not comply with laws protecting minors. Youth Mode prevents younger users from accessing payments, playing certain games and finding nearby friends. However, prosecutors have not specified exactly how the app is allegedly violating Chinese law. Tencent said it […]

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WeChat suspends new user registrations amid Chinese government crackdown on tech giant

WeChat is suspending all new user registrations until early August, the popular social messaging app announced on Tuesday. In a brief post on social media, WeChat, known as Weixin in China, said the suspension relates to an upgrade of security technology “according to relevant laws and regulations.” “In the meantime, the registration of new WeChat […]