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  • She said #MeToo, now she’s being punished under defamation law Jan 08, 2021 10:48 PM IST

    She said #MeToo, now she’s being punished under defamation law

    #MeToo has gained traction in China in recent years, despite the governing Communist Party’s strict limits on activism and dissent and its tight control of the internet.

  • WeChat blocks Australian prime minister in doctored image dispute Dec 02, 2020 06:19 PM IST

    WeChat blocks Australian prime minister in doctored image dispute

    China rebuffed Morrison's calls for an apology after its foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian posted the picture of an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child on Monday.

  • China says US TikTok, WeChat bans break WTO rules Oct 05, 2020 10:57 PM IST

    China says US TikTok, WeChat bans break WTO rules

    The official said the delegate described the US failure to provide concrete evidence of the reasons for its measures a "clear abuse" of rules.

  • Justice Department seeks immediate ban on WeChat in US Sep 25, 2020 07:45 PM IST

    Justice Department seeks immediate ban on WeChat in US

    In a filing Friday, the Justice Department asked Beeler to allow for an immediate ban while the case works its way through court.

  • China launches sanctions regime after United States moves on TikTok, WeChat Sep 19, 2020 01:26 PM IST

    China launches sanctions regime after United States moves on TikTok, WeChat

    China's long-expected "unreliable entities list" is seen as a weapon for Beijing to retaliate against the United States, which has used its own "entity list" to shut Chinese telecom giant Huawei out of the US market, while also moving against TikTok and WeChat.

  • Forget TikTok, China’s powerhouse app is WeChat, and its power is sweeping Sep 06, 2020 11:46 AM IST

    Forget TikTok, China’s powerhouse app is WeChat, and its power is sweeping

    For most in China, WeChat is a sort of all-in-one app: a way to swap stories, pay bills, buy stuff and get news. For the millions of China’s diaspora, it links them to home. Woven through it all is the ever more muscular surveillance and propaganda of the Chinese Communist Party

  • WeChat users in US sue Donald Trump for banning app Aug 23, 2020 09:05 AM IST

    WeChat users in US sue Donald Trump for banning app

    The complaint was filed on August 21 in San Francisco by non-profit called US WeChat Users Alliance, who called for a federal judge to halt Trump’s executive order

  • China to raise issues surrounding WeChat, TikTok in trade talks with US Aug 12, 2020 02:55 PM IST

    China to raise issues surrounding WeChat, TikTok in trade talks with US

    Agricultural purchases and the dollar-yuan exchange rate will also be among the topics to be discussed in the virtual meeting that may take place as early as this week, though a date has not been finalized, according to the report.

  • China's central bank urges antitrust probe into Alipay, WeChat Pay Jul 31, 2020 03:15 PM IST

    China's central bank urges antitrust probe into Alipay, WeChat Pay

    Any investigation would likely dampen enthusiasm for Ant Group's planned dual listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai that is seeking a valuation of more than $200 billion.

  • Chinese messaging app WeChat suspends India services Jul 27, 2020 06:59 PM IST

    Chinese messaging app WeChat suspends India services

    Suspension of services by WeChat, which was banned by the Indian government, is expected to hamper social and professional communications for Chinese nationals in India

  • Chinese social media sites delete PM Modi's speech, MEA spokesperson's remarks on border crisis Jun 20, 2020 07:45 PM IST

    Chinese social media sites delete PM Modi's speech, MEA spokesperson's remarks on border crisis

    The move comes in the backdrop of the violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese armies in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday in which 20 Indian military personnel were killed, significantly escalating the already volatile situation in the region.

  • Facebook-Jio deal | A deal that can change the e-commerce space Apr 29, 2020 09:09 AM IST

    Facebook-Jio deal | A deal that can change the e-commerce space

    The Jio-Facebook alliance should trigger healthy rivalry and transform digital economy, benefitting all stakeholders

  • With Jio’s support, WhatsApp a step closer to becoming a ‘super app’ Apr 22, 2020 02:02 PM IST

    With Jio’s support, WhatsApp a step closer to becoming a ‘super app’

    Facebook will try to use WhatsApp for revenue generation as it looks to India for its next billion users.

  • China orders Baidu to clean up low-brow content Apr 08, 2020 09:35 AM IST

    China orders Baidu to clean up low-brow content

    Baidu said on its mobile app that it would suspend operations of some mobile app channels, without elaborating on when it would resume those operations.

  • China imposes curfew on minors in gaming crackdown Nov 07, 2019 01:22 PM IST

    China imposes curfew on minors in gaming crackdown

    In addition, the guidelines will reduce the amount of money minors can spend online playing games to 200 RMB ($28) per month, rising to 400 RMB for those between 16 and 18 years old.

  • China mobile payment giants Alipay, WeChat open to international cards Nov 07, 2019 11:51 AM IST

    China mobile payment giants Alipay, WeChat open to international cards

    The moves came during a major import fair in Shanghai aimed at showcasing the country's free trade credentials.

  • Paytm and Tencent to invest $100 million in MX Player: Report Jul 02, 2019 08:09 PM IST

    Paytm and Tencent to invest $100 million in MX Player: Report

    India will be the tenth-largest market for OTT in terms of revenue in 2022, with mobile internet subscribers set to double from 406 million in 2017 to 805 million in 2022 according to a report by PwC.

  • China smartphone makers join hands on apps, pose threat to WeChat Mar 21, 2018 03:00 PM IST

    China smartphone makers join hands on apps, pose threat to WeChat

    The messenger-to-payment app WeChat, which has more than 1 billion users, last year launched "mini-programmes" within the app that look and operate much like apps on Apple Inc's iOS and Google's Android operating systems, but are far less data-intensive.

  • China's WeChat app crosses one billion account mark Mar 06, 2018 05:41 PM IST

    China's WeChat app crosses one billion account mark

    The all-in-one app, known as Weixin in China, is a daily necessity for most Chinese, bringing together messaging, social media, mobile payment, games, news and other services.

  • China's WeChat plans to resurrect tipping button after agreement with Apple Jan 15, 2018 12:21 PM IST

    China's WeChat plans to resurrect tipping button after agreement with Apple

    Tencent Holdings' WeChat has reached an understanding with Apple regarding this "feature with Chinese characteristics", Allen Zhang, the creator and president of WeChat, said at the annual WeChat developers conference in Guangzhou on Monday.

  • China to make WeChat profiles official identification for government services Dec 29, 2017 04:24 PM IST

    China to make WeChat profiles official identification for government services

    After a trial in the southern Guangzhou province, the scheme will be rolled-out throughout the country from January next year

  • Tencent on global path as it surpasses Facebook in valuation Nov 21, 2017 11:20 AM IST

    Tencent on global path as it surpasses Facebook in valuation

    Tencent has made a "breakthrough" in gaining an e-payment license in Malaysia for local transactions, and plans a launch early next year, senior vice president S.Y. Lau said in an interview.

  • How Mark Zuckerberg stole WhatsApp from under Tencent's nose while its CEO was sick Jun 29, 2017 11:00 AM IST

    How Mark Zuckerberg stole WhatsApp from under Tencent's nose while its CEO was sick

    Tencent, the maker of WeChat, was interested in buying WhatsApp in early 2014, a deal that would have instantly expanded China's most popular technology platform. But co-founder Pony Ma got back surgery, delaying his visit to Silicon Valley to broker the deal, according to Bloomberg. California-based Zuckerberg ultimately offered double what Tencent planned to offer to buy WhatsApp, announcing the deal in February 2014.

  • Tencent opens research lab in seattle to push Artificial Intelligence May 02, 2017 12:13 PM IST

    Tencent opens research lab in seattle to push Artificial Intelligence

    Yu, who has been appointed as deputy head of Tencent's AI Lab division, will run the new lab as well as spearhead research in speech recognition and natural language understanding, the company said.

  • WhatsApp mulls foray into digital payments with India launch Apr 04, 2017 12:57 PM IST

    WhatsApp mulls foray into digital payments with India launch

    A WhatsApp move into digital payments in India, its biggest market that is home to 200 million of its billion plus global users, would replicate similar moves by messaging apps like Tencent Holdings Ltd's WeChat in China.

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