WeChat has become an inescapable part of life in China, but its popularity carries risks.
Any recent visitor to China has probably realized that there is one tool increasingly hard to live without: WeChat, or Weixin (微信). With the use of a Virtual Proxy Network (VPN), reading The New York Times, scrolling through Twitter, or staying in touch with friends via Facebook has always been a relatively simple process for the foreign visitor or expatriate in China. But unlike WeChat, these websites have arguably never changed the way we live. Our access to information and social circles has become more convenient, Continue reading “[News]The WeChat Phenomenon Social Media with Chines Characteristics”
China’s popular instant messaging app WeChat has launched a new feature that warns users if a news item circulating on its accounts is false.
The feature will notify users if a piece of news that they have received is deemed fake by Chinese censors, police or official media outlets, reports Efe news. Continue reading “[News]WeChat Launches New Feature to Fight Fake News”
China’s Tencent Holdings is using its vast social-media network to attract luxury-fashion brands to its WeChat app, potentially opening a new frontier in online retail.
France’s Longchamp and Britain’s Burberry Group have begun selling handbags and clothes on WeChat, China’s most popular messaging app. LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s Givenchy and Dior brands are testing demand for their goods through flash sales on the platform. Continue reading “[News]Luxury Fashion Brands Take to WeChat App”
Tencent has pushed into new feed and search functions in a direct challenge to Chinese search engine Baidu, as the country’s biggest internet group ramps up the competition to keep users within its walls to access the internet. Continue reading “[News]WeChat Has Added New Feed and Search in Challenge to Baidu”
Moscow’s communications regulator has added WeChat to its list of prohibited websites, according to Russian state news agency TASS.
The messaging app ran afoul of laws requiring companies that distribute information online to register with government authorities in Russia. Continue reading “[News]Russia Blocks Chinese Social Media App WeChat”
According to China Daily, China’s WeChat is becoming way of life. It has become a common scene during subway rides in China’s capital Beijing that majority passengers set their eyes on cell phone screens while text messaging, sharing moments, watching videos or playing online games, in silence.
They are just using WeChat, the most popular social media app in the Asian country. The prevailing WeChat has also developed over recent years to become a payment means for online or offline shopping, renting public bicycles, or taking taxis. Continue reading “[News]China’s WeChat Becoming Way of Life”
Almost unnoticed Tencent, the Shenzhen based technology outfit, became the 10th most valuable listed company in the world, replacing US bank Wells Fargo, as its market capitalisation climbed through $US279 billion ($372 billion).
It now sits among the world’s tech elite, in a top 10 which includes Apple, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. Continue reading “[News]WhatsApp Looks to Copy China’s Tencent-owned WeChat”
According to the report of Bloomberg, WeChat has launched a bid to “develop its payments offering and win new advertisers” for Europe and the United States- with plans to open offices in the UK and another European country.
This approach is likely focused on serving brands in Europe that have keen interest in marketing to Chinese consumers, and also for merchants who want to set up payment channels via WeChat. The strategy would encompass reaching consumers in China as well as tourists visiting Europe. Continue reading “[News]WeChat Expands in Europe, US with new Payment Offerings”
Users are able to access Mobike’s cycle-rental feature within the Wallet function of popular messaging app Wechat. The Mobike bike-rental feature now appears on the WeChat Wallet interface.
This marks a further tie-up after the pair made an announcement last month that users can unlock a bike by scanning a Mobike QR code using WeChat’s scanning function on their cellphones. Continue reading “[News]Mobike Bike-rental Feature Added to WeChat Wallet”