Tencent hit with fresh anti-monopoly complaint in China

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Tencent has become the target of another anti-monopoly complaint to regulators, this time from a supplier of smart vehicle technology and a General Motors Co China venture.

Shanghai PATEO, in a statement accused Tencent of abusing its messaging app’s dominant market position to restrict sales of its products.

Shanghai PATEO offers voice recognition features and other mobile applications that rely on Tencent’s all-in-one WeChat app. It added that Tencent has been asking car companies to stop using PATEO’s Internet of Vehicles products since August 2020.

Tencent Holdings did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The GM venture with SAIC Motor Corp, which jointly submitted the request with PATEO, also did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The fresh complaint comes just a week after ByteDance’s Chinese version of TikTok called Douyin accused Tencent of monopolistic behaviour and filed suit in a Beijing court, seeking 90 million yuan (approximately $14 million) in compensation.

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Tencent has described that claim has false and said ByteDance was illegally using its users’ data.

Chinese regulators have stepped up anti-trust scrutiny of tech firms since December, launching a probe into e-commerce giant Alibaba and penalising Alibaba-backed and Tencent-backed businesses for not seeking anti-trust reviews for deals.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters.

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