QQ Ceasing operations in Europe, 2018 May 20

It looks like Tencent’s QQ International version will be ceasing operations in Europe, effective 2018 May 20. I am unsure why. I also do not know if this affects WeChat. Perhaps this is about Europe’s new privacy laws, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? I need to do more research. This is from a friend in China. it does look like Tencent’s QQ and Wechat will be pulled from the EU market.

We are sorry to announce that for operational needs from 20 May 2018 QQi will no longer be available in Europe.

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Implementation date: 2018 May 25
QQ European Stoppage: 2018 May 20

The regulation applies if the data controller, an organisation that collects data from EU residents, or processor, an organisation that processes data on behalf of a data controller like cloud service providers or the data subject (person) is based in the EU. The regulation also applies to organisations based outside the EU if they collect or process personal data of individuals located inside the EU. According to the European Commission, “personal data is any information relating to an individual, whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life. It can be anything from a name, a home address, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer’s IP address source

Today, QQ still has some 850 million active monthly users – more than double the number Twitter claims. In other ways, however, it is only a shadow of its former self…

Imagine it this way: QQ is the less attractive, shorter, and less intelligent older brother who is always upstaged by his younger sibling. “Little brother” WeChat now has 963 million monthly active users…

QQ’s demographics trend towards the young and unsophisticated. They are less likely to hail from Tier 1 cities, and 60% are under 30 years old. Many users are grade-school and high-school students who have not yet purchased their first phone but do have access to a computer. While QQ’s total active user count fell in the second quarter, it had strong growth among users born since the year 2000. source

Instead of competing with WeChat, QQ has repositioned itself to be a “one-stop entertainment portal” for young Chinese: “We are transforming QQ from a pure messaging app into one that supports chatting, sharing, interest groups, and digital content like games, anime, literature, music, live streaming, and so on,” a Tencent spokesperson has said.
QQ’s demographic is young: “60% of all QQ users were born after 1990.” source

Last Thursday, the Chinese lawyer Ge Yongxi posted a satirical photomontage about the Panama Papers on the Wechat messaging service. A few hours later, he was arrested…

Five police officers came to his house and took him to Yanbu police station in Foscan. They said he had posted an insulting message about China’s president on Wechat…

The police told me the reason for his arrest was “public disparagement of a third party”. It’s likely they’re talking about the photomontage that he posted for his friends on Wechat. And it’s still there, by the way. source

Addendum 2014 Apr 13 22:36 QQ may have decided to upgrade their QQ International version? The current QQi versions are 4.8.7 iOS/5.3.1 Android.

QQ asks European users to upgrade the International versions for IOS and Android

QQ asks European users to upgrade the International versions for IOS and Android

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