The Office of the National Work Group for “Combating Pornography and Illegal Publications” in China announced Monday that investigating the pornographic songs on WeSing!, an online karaoke App of Tencent Music Entertainment Group (NYSE: TME).
As a response to the pornographic songs, Tencent Music has formulated corresponding work measures in accordance with the rectification requirements, including a 30-day rectification of “WeSing!”, canceled the social function, and cleaning all pornographic songs on the App.
Other than mainland China, “WeSing!” is also available in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. This App allows people to upload their performances online and interact with others on the platform.
Early this month, Tencent Music has announced that it has renewed its 2018 multi-year licensing and cooperation agreement with global digital rights agency Merlin. Under the agreement, Merlin will license into “WeSing!”, and Merlin’s renewed partnership will continue to include TME’s QQ Music, KuGuo, and Kuwo music streaming services.
Tencent Music was formed in 2016 when its parent purchased China Music Corp., the owner of Kugou and Kuwo, for $2.7 billion. China Music subsequently merged with QQ Music, a music platform Tencent launched in 2003 and WeSing! began operating in 2014.
Shares in Tencent Music are down 1.55% intraday at $16.24.