WeChat Plans to Stop Merchants From Transacting in Cryptocurrencies38

WeChat, the #1 messaging app in China, is also widely used for cryptocurrency transactions. Recently, WeChat Payment has revised the “WeChat Agreement for Payment Service,” which involves the control and regulation of illegal transactions, including cryptocurrency transactions. The revised agreement will be put into effect on May 31, 2019.

According to the first, second and third terms of the agreement, direct or disguised engagement in internet gambling, pornographic platforms, internet lottery sales platforms, illegal foreign exchanges, precious metal investment trading platforms, illegal securities and futures trading platforms, token issuance financing and cryptocurrency trading platforms are not allowed on WeChat; asset management business on the internet without the approval of the regulatory authorities is not allowed, as well as illegal transactions such as commodity trading sites, without the approval of the provincial government; and Tenpay, the payment platform of WeChat, shall have the right to stop the payment and settlement services.

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