Tencent denies storing WeChat conversations


The Chinese company Tencent has issued a statement denying that it stores or analyses communications sent over WeChat, the country's most popular messaging platform after Geely Automobile chairman Li Shufu claimed there was no data privacy in China at a business forum. Shufu also claimed that Tencent chairman Pony Ma was "definitely looking at our WeChat messages every day". Under the Chinese government's rules, all social media groups are required to store user records. Although relatively little-known elsewhere, Tencent is China's most valuable listed technology company. However, human rights lawyers and activists have long maintained that their WeChat accounts have been monitored by police, and studies from Toronto-based Citizen Lab have found that the company censors private WeChat conversations when political terms it deems sensitive are used.