The headquarters building of Tencent in Shenzhen. Photo: iStock

Jinri Toutiao, a Beijing-based news and information content platform famous for its tailored feed list, has launched a lawsuit against internet giant Tencent over alleged unfair competition, asking for 90 million yuan (US$14 million) in compenstation for economic losses, The Paper reported.

This came after Tencent filed a lawsuit worth one yuan against Bytedance and Microvision Technology, also for alleged unfair competition, as well as damaging its reputation on the companies’ Jinri Toutiao and Douyin platforms.

According to the indictment issued by Jinri Toutiao, they claim that when users share and post their page links through one of Tencent’s social media sites, QQ Zone, Tencent is suspected of using technical means to intercept and block the content, preventing users from accessing their sites via the links.

Tencent says that the users’ experience is normal as usual, and that it will suspend any cooperation with the two companies.