The public account platform within Tencent's (0700.HK) WeChat mobile messaging app recently said that in response to requests from regulators, it will temporarily adjust its rules for public account comments. In the future, new WeChat public accounts will not support commenting, and commenting functions will also be withdrawn for accounts registered within the last three months that have not yet used the functions.
WeChat declined to indicate whether commenting functions may be restored at some point in the future.
Editor's Note: WeChat first began beta testing of a comment function within public accounts in November 2017, and now, less than 5 months later, has suspended the feature. For more information on this topic, please see WeChat Beta Tests Declaration of Content Originality and Commenting Features, MD 11/21/17 issue, and Update: WeChat Rolls Out Content Originality, Commenting Restrictions, MD 12/07/17 issue.