Bytedance’s news aggregation platform Jinri Toutiao has said Tencent abused its market position to ban and stigmatize Toutiao’s products on its platforms, NetEase Tech is reporting.

The company released a statement after tensions boiled over between the two firms last week. The company alleges that starting from March 2018 Tencent blocked content from Toutiao and Bytedance-owned short video platform Douyin on WeChat and QQ. It said this was done under the guise of supervision, security, and software bugs, among others. It also said Tencent sought to “stigmatize” its content.

Toutiao also said that Tencent-owned WeChat and QQ are the most prominent social platforms in China and the company should not seek to use its dominance to abuse competition in the market.

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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.