Chinese web giant Tencent has suspended new signups to its WeChat messaging service.
A notification posted yesterday to the WeChat account on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter analogue, said the reason for the suspension is a security upgrade.
The upgrade is expected to conclude in “early August”. Tencent hasn’t defined a range of dates that fits within that phrase, leaving open the possibility that the suspension could last a week or more.
Nor does the notification specify the laws that make the suspension necessary.
The suspension has been interpreted as signalling Beijing’s regulatory blowtorch, which has recently focussed on Chinese tech…