POST Online Media Lite Edition


Tencent blocks Uber on WeChat in escalation of ride-sharing war

Staff writer |
Tencent, the operator of the popular messaging app WeChat, has shut down dozens of WeChat accounts for promoting the services of Uber, a ride-sharing app.

The move came after Uber's rivals, including Lyft in the United States, GrabTaxi in Southeast Asia and Didi Kuaidi in China, had announced a global ride-sharing partnership to vie with Uber. Tencent had a major stake in Didi Kuaidi.

Users of Uber who posted the shutdown of the Uber-related accounts have voiced their doubt about Tencent's move, saying it is using its monopoly to fend off Uber. But Tencent said the closed accounts had violated rules and were suspected of collecting users' private information, according to a Saturday report from Beijing Times.

Uber also took a counter-measure on Weibo, another social networking site backed by Alibaba, calling on its users to stand on its side.

Wang Yichao, vice director of Uber's public relations, said on its verified Weibo account that Tencent fell short of providing evidence to support its accusation that Uber is doing "malicious marketing activities."

What to read next

Uber expanding in six more cities in Mexico
Tencent's Ma says Wechat can't compete with WhatsApp or Line
Taxi-hailing app Didi-Kuaidi raising $1.5 billion