Popular Chinese messaging app WeChat officially suspended its services for Indian users this weekend. According to reports, several WeChat users were automatically logged out from the app, eventually reporting the issue on Twitter.
WeChat sent a notification to its users saying, “Pursuant to Indian law we are unable to offer you WeChat at this time. We value each of our users, and data security and privacy are of utmost importance to us. We are engaging with relevant authorities and hope to be able to resume service in the future.”
The suspension of WeChat in India could affect a large number of Chinese nationals working in the country. “We weren’t affected by the ban of TikTok or any other apps but the absence of WeChat will hamper our social and professional communications in India. Since we don’t use email for official communication, we have been cut off from our headquarters based in China,” said a Chinese national based in Gurugram.