China fired a new regulatory shot at the tech giant on Monday, telling them to end their long-standing practice of blocking each other’s links on their site or facing the consequences. A comment made by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in a news briefing is the latest step in Beijing’s widespread regulatory crackdown, involving sectors from technology to education and property and clearing billions of dollars from some market values. Shows the country’s largest company. China’s Internet is dominated by a handful of tech giants who have historically blocked rival links and services on the platform. MIIT spokesperson Zhao Zhiguo said that restricting normal access to Internet links without good reason “affects the user experience, undermines user rights and disrupts market order,” the ministry said. He added that he has received reports and complaints from users since he began reviewing the industry. July practice. “Currently, we are instructing affiliates to carry out self-diagnosis and correction,” he said, citing the instant messaging platform as one of the areas they first targeted. He did not identify the consequences for companies that did not follow the new guidelines. MIIT did not appoint a company, but the 21st Century Business Herald Newspaper report On saturday [Alibaba](// When [Tencent](// Last week I was in a company that was told to finish the practice by an unspecified time. Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings shares fell 6% and more than 3% on Monday, compared to a 3% drop in the Hang Seng Index. The practices that MIIT covers are common. Tencent restricts users from sharing content. [ByteDance](// -Short video app you own [Duin](// With Tencent’s instant messaging app [WeChat](// And QQ. In February, Douyin filed a complaint in a Beijing court alleging that it constitutes an exclusive action. Tencent calls those accusations groundless. In other cases, Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall e-commerce marketplaces do not allow Tencent’s payment services. [WeChat Pay](// Used as a payment option. Tencent endorsed MIIT’s guidance and said it would make the necessary changes in stages. An Alibaba spokesperson told Reuters that a correction was “very necessary”, citing a statement made by CEO Daniel Zhang on August 3. Michael Norris, Research and Strategy Manager at Shanghai-based consultancy Agency China, said: “In the short term, Tencent will get all the attention to understand what it means to open WeChat to Alibaba and ByteDance.” MIIT also said on Monday that China has “too many” electric vehicle (EV) makers and the government will encourage integration. © Thomson Reuters 2021 China tells tech giants to stop blocking rival links on their digital platforms