Tencent’s public relations director Zhang Jun has criticized Bytedance’s news aggregation platform Jinri Toutiao for its information proliferation practices, according to local media.

Zhang said that the aggregator had attributed an article that was critical of Tencent and it’s gaming division to Xinhua News Agency when it was published by Xinhuanet.com. The report stated that online games harm young people and children and that Tencent seemed to be indifferent to their negative effects.

The article, first published by Xinhuanet.com, was pushed by Toutiao under its original headline. However, the article was later picked up by Baidu News and published under an alternative headline that included the name Xinhua News Agency. Toutiao then pushed the report posted by Baidu News, attributing it to Xinhua News Agency.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.