According to official WeChat news, Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court recently pronounced a verdict on Tencent’s v. Shenzhen company and Zhao in an unfair competition dispute. The defendant company and Zhao must compensate the plaintiff for economic losses of RMB 20 million, the case acceptance fee of 300,000 yuan, and jointly compensate the plaintiff for the rights protection fee of 200,000 yuan to stop the infringement. Taking into account the unfair competition behavior involved in the case’s adverse impact on the plaintiff, the two defendants need to publish a statement in the top column of the Tencent website to eliminate the impact.
Naijatechnews learned that the two defendants used “WeChat small account to earn 100 yuan a day easily” and “1 yuan cashed out quickly to the account” and other forms of false propaganda, hired real WeChat users, rented a large number of WeChat codes for the WeChat public Accounts and mini programs provide services such as reading volume, fan volume, comment volume, and voting volume.
The court held that because the defendant engaged in illegal business activities involved in the case, it had severely disrupted the normal operation and management of the WeChat software platform, the order of platform competition, and caused damage to Tencent’s goodwill, which constituted unfair competition in accordance with the law.
WeChat stated that in terms of laws and regulations, the “Anti-Unfair Competition Law” and the “Regulations on the Ecological Governance of Network Information Content” both regulate the behavior of brushing orders and prohibit traffic fraud.
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