Hot on the heels of WeChat’s US ban, the app’s owner Tencent is getting scrutinized by the Trump administration over how they use American’s personal data. Owen S. Good for Polygon:
The Trump administration wants to know more about U.S. video game companies’ involvement with China’s Tencent Holdings, whose relationships with American firms includes full ownership of Riot Games, a significant minority stake in Epic Games, and publishing deals with Activision Blizzard. […]
Tencent is the world’s largest video game vendor, but its U.S. holdings are not limited to just that marketplace. It also has stakes in Reddit, Discord, and Snapchat maker Snap Inc.
While personal data is important, I might be more concerned with the influence many of these games and services have on (young) American’s lives. This, combined with TikTok, potentially gives China a lot of political power in the US. Does that mean we should be banning World of Warcraft? Probably not, but I would definitely support an investigation into these companies’s relationship with Tencent.