Chinese mobile messaging app WeChat has been removed from all major app stores in China following an investigation that found it had violated local laws on user privacy.
WeChat, which was launched by former Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in late 2016, was banned from some Chinese mobile apps after the company received a complaint about an online chat application that was not compatible with the social network’s servers.
The app was also accused of having the ability to record conversations.
We also received a formal complaint from an individual who alleged that WeChat violated local privacy laws by recording conversations of users without their consent.
The company has not responded to our request for comment at the time of publication.
In a statement to Business Insider, a WeChat spokesperson said the app was removed from the app stores of all major Chinese mobile operators, and was “removed by a government inspection team on July 4.”
The company’s statement added that Wechat was “looking into” the issue.
“The app is still available in the markets in China.
We regret the misunderstanding and will take the necessary steps to correct it,” the statement read.
We’ve reached out to WeChat for comment and will update this story when we receive a response.