WeChat denies ‘storage’ chat histories

Reuters

Carefully formulated answers, China’s most popular messaging app WeChat, has denied “the storage of the chat histories”.

Following criticism by Chinese businessman Li Shufu, who recently said that the company “must be the vision of all our WeChats every day.”

In response, Tencent-owned firm said suggestions that it was watching users was “pure misunderstanding”.

All the Chinese social media platforms are required to censor the public posts that are deemed illegal by the government.

Mr. Li is quoted in the Chinese media as saying he believed Tencent monitored all account.

The high-profile businessman, the owner of Geely Holdings, which owns the car brand Volvo. It is one of China’s largest car manufacturers and is one of the few not controlled by the government.Privacy score

In a post on his social media platform, in response to its observations, WeChat has said: “do not store any users’ chat history. That is stored only in the case of users with mobile phones, computers and other terminals”.

“WeChat does not use any user content chat for big data analysis. Because of WeChat technical model that does not store or analyze user chat, the voice that you are watching your WeChat every day is a pure misunderstanding.”

WeChat, the privacy policy states that it is necessary to maintain and disseminate information to the user in response to a request from the part of the government or of the forces of law and order.

In 2016 the report on the privacy of messenger apps, compiled by human rights activists Amnesty International, Tencent has scored zero out of 100.

“Not only did it not adequately meet the criteria, but it was the only company that has publicly declared that does not intend to grant government requests for access to encrypted messages with the construction of a ‘backdoor'”, the report read.

In the month of September, the Chinese government has fined Tencent, alongside Baidu and Weibo, for failing to properly censor online content, asking them to increase the content of monitoring methods.