By Wall Street Journal Staff
An executive at Tencent Holdings Ltd., China’s most valuable publicly listed company, has been held by Chinese authorities, part of a probe into a high-profile corruption case involving one of the country’s former top law-enforcement officials, people familiar with the matter said.
Zhang Feng has been under investigation by China’s anti-graft inspector since early last year for alleged unauthorized sharing of personal data collected by Tencent’s /zigman2/quotes/204605823/delayed HK:700 +1.94% social-media app WeChat, the people said. They said Zhang was suspected of turning over WeChat data to former Vice Public Security Minister Sun Lijun, who is being investigating by Beijing for undisclosed violations of Communist Party rules.
Investigators are looking at what type of data Zhang allegedly might have shared with Sun and what Sun might have done with it, the people said.
Zhang was referred to as a Tencent vice president in a statement released by the municipal government of Zhangjiakou, a city near Beijing, in which he was described as having met the city’s mayor in October 2018.
Tencent said that Zhang has never held a senior executive position in the company or a managerial post.
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