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A number of senior executives of Weiping, a voice social networking platform, have been detained, according to multiple sources from Pencil Road. According to its website, Wingmate is a real-time social networking platform that gathers tens of millions of young people.
On April 17, a team and its leader were taken away by police to assist in an investigation, along with the company's financial shield, the Beijing News reported. It is understood that the amount of money frozen in the company's account is more than 2 billion yuan, the company's business flow last year about 5 billion yuan.
As early as April 19, a micro blog V has revealed: companion involved in gambling and drugs may be closed, the general manager and the Marketing Department are taken away. It is understood that the number of users in the first year of the online companion exceeded 30 million, the total number of users nearly 100 million. The company is based in Wuhan and employs more than 1,000 people.
According to Damei Optics Valley, the man was taken away for investigation on suspicion of gambling and drugs. In the voice room, users can brush gifts to anchors and get high-level commission. The gifts are settled in the form of virtual coins, but there is a probabilistic game to win or lose settlement behavior.
According to the data revealed by the Black Cat, some users have reported that their partners have "enticed gambling" behavior: through the Huya platform drainage, into the room after being lured by the anchor gambling: 6 yuan to 188 yuan, 121 yuan to 520 yuan, 66 yuan to 1314 yuan or 3344 yuan.
In the past five years, a number of companies have been investigated for "online gambling", including but not limited to chess and card companies, payment companies and chat companies.
For example, in May 2018, Lianzhong, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, was investigated for gambling. The core reason was that the company used online games to open casinos. Since 2010, the "Texas Hold 'Em" project under the chess and Cards Division of Lianzhong Company has been involved in gambling for many years, and the relevant income has reached 335 million yuan.
In such cases, the company's gambling funds are usually frozen, mainly because of the fear that the funds will be divided in advance. In late 2019, Chit-chat, a social shopping platform, was also shut down by police for gambling. The company said at the time that some gamblers gambled on other platforms but took advantage of the chat money transfer feature called Chit-chat. In the end, about $40 million of the company's funds were frozen by the police.
To sum up, many Internet companies have been walking on the edge of the law, through lottery, chess and other leverage games such as opening online casinos, although relatively hidden, but sooner or later it will be difficult to escape the legal net.
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