WeChat: News

10 Jun 2021


Biden administration revokes Trump-era orders against TikTok and WeChat

During his term as President, Donald Trump fired executive orders against Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat in August, calling their widespread use a "national emergency".

12 Feb 2021

Donald Trump

Biden slams brakes on Trump's TikTok and WeChat bans

US President Joe Biden has been quite busy passing executive orders undoing Donald Trump's policy decisions. Many of these orders involve reversing Trump administration's measures meant to keep China in check.

24 Nov 2020

India China Border

Centre bans 43 more mobile apps; check full list here

The central government on Tuesday decided to ban 43 mobile applications for being "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity" of India.

21 Sep 2020


NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok ban delayed, WeChat ban blocked, and more

Over the weekend, the US ban on TikTok, WeChat saw major developments.

20 Sep 2020

Donald Trump

#WeeklyRecap: Potential life on Venus, Apple's new hardware, and more

This week, a number of developments were noted in the world of technology, including an unexpected - and still unconfirmed - case of alien life discovery.

18 Sep 2020


US bans TikTok, WeChat downloads from September 20: Details here

In a major move, the US government has announced the decision to ban popular Chinese services TikTok and WeChat.

09 Aug 2020


#WeeklyRecap: US blocks out ByteDance; Apple, Google unveil new devices

This week, we witnessed some major hardware launches, but the biggest news in the world of tech was US President Donald Trump's crackdown on TikTok's parent ByteDance and WeChat's parent Tencent.

07 Aug 2020

Donald Trump

Chinese giant Tencent loses $35 billion after Trump's ban

A few hours ago, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning certain business transactions with Tencent, the Chinese conglomerate that owns WeChat messaging service.

07 Aug 2020


NewsBytes Briefing: Trump signs order banning business with TikTok's parent

In the updates since yesterday, US President Donald Trump signed executive orders banning business transactions with TikTok's parent company ByteDance and Tencent's WeChat.

17 Jun 2020

UC Browser

WeChat to TikTok, 52 'China-linked' apps red-flagged by Indian intelligence

As many as 52 'China-linked' apps, including some popular ones, have been deemed unsafe by Indian intelligence agencies.

11 Jun 2020

Alibaba Group

China orders Weibo to disable some features: Here's why

Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo has been ordered to disable some of its features for a week.

08 May 2020


China: Fundraiser for monument to remember COVID-19 victims allegedly censored

Since the coronavirus outbreak started in China late last year, the nation has been accused of silencing reports on the crisis.

16 Apr 2020


Reliance and Facebook could team up for WeChat-like "super app"

Social media giant Facebook and Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) could soon team up for a WeChat-like "super app".

25 Feb 2020


China using WeChat/Twitter to silence people speaking about coronavirus

After mass crackdowns, China is going after individual users sharing completely innocuous stuff on social media.

13 Feb 2020


China launched an app to detect potential coronavirus cases

As the death toll from the outbreak of coronavirus continues to increase, China, the epicenter of the epidemic, is doing everything possible to isolate diseased patients and prevent the infection from spreading.

30 Jan 2020


India shares evacuation forms with citizens stuck in China: Report

As the deadly coronavirus infection spread to all provinces and regions of China, the Indian embassy in Beijing has prepared to evacuate Indians stuck in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.

08 Dec 2019


Some women are paying for virtual boyfriends: Here's why

Today, a large number of people use smartphone technology to fight their loneliness.

23 Nov 2019


Hackers can steal your posts, location from Facebook apps

Facebook and Instagram dominate as the most favored social media apps on the internet.

20 Sep 2019


Mysterious substance photographed on Moon's far side: Details here

Last year, China's Chang'e-4 mission delivered a rover called Yutu-2 on the far side of the Moon, the part that never faces Earth.

02 Sep 2019

App Store

Viral Chinese app ZAO can swap your face with anyone

Just as people began moving on from the FaceApp trend, another AI-based app has gone viral on the internet - ZAO.

01 May 2019


Reliance Jio to launch WeChat-like Super App with 100+ services

Reliance Jio is working to launch a Super App which will provide over 100 services under one platform, according to a Business Standard report.

19 Apr 2019


Goodbye BBM! BlackBerry Messenger shutting down next month

After 14 years of service, the iconic BlackBerry Messenger, the service that introduced us to web-based instant messaging, is coming to an end.

26 Dec 2018


Now, WeChat mimics Snapchat Stories, launches self-disappearing 'Time Capsule'

Snap's famous 'Stories' feature has been mimicked, once again.

29 Nov 2018


WeChat deserves more of your attention than WhatsApp: Here's why

Ever since the dawn of smartphone age, WhatsApp has been serving as our irreplaceable messaging tool, keeping us connected with friends, family.

26 Oct 2018

Liu He

China: Woman attacks kindergarten children with knife; 14 injured

In a terrifying incident, a knife-wielding woman attacked children at a kindergarten in China's southwestern city of Chongqing today, injuring 14 of them.

28 Jun 2018


Snapchat to launch its own gaming platform

According to a report by The Information, Snap is developing a gaming platform inside Snapchat.

27 May 2018

Social Media

'Sugar daddy' website riles China, official website blocked on WeChat

Chinese agencies have stepped up clampdown on a US 'dating site' called SeekingArrangement. In the latest move, social media app WeChat has blocked its official website.

11 May 2018


'Baahubali' and 'Avengers' in a single frame, courtesy China

The release of 'Baahubali 2' and 'Avengers: Infinity War' in China has brought the creative side of the Chinese fans to the fore.

19 Mar 2018


Chinese are targeting Indians on WhatsApp, army warns. Safety-tips here

The Indian Army has warned citizens against Chinese hackers, who are now apparently targeting Indians through WhatsApp.

01 Mar 2018


Viber Community: Group chat with a whopping 1 billion members

The Rakuten Inc. owned messaging app Viber is launching a service called Viber Community - the biggest group chat ever.

11 Nov 2017


How can WhatsApp generate revenue for Facebook?

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has one of the world's largest user-bases with over 1.3 billion users.

26 Sep 2017


Reports: Chinese censors block WhatsApp after several disruptions

China has blocked the Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp in its territory, security experts have confirmed.

24 Aug 2017


WeChat users have started self-improvement groups with failure tax

While Chinese social media app WeChat was already offering loads of features from instant messaging, online publishing, online payments, business networking, online shopping etc., Chinese WeChat users have started using the app's features for self-improvement purposes.

06 Jul 2017


Chinese gods fly business class to Malaysia

Flyers on a flight from China's Xiamen to Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur had an unexpected co-passenger: the goddess Mazu and her two companions, Qianliyan and Shunfeng'er.

08 May 2017

Alibaba Group

China's Internet gets more shackles added to its existing burden

China already has a strongly fortified Internet firewall in place to block elements that the government considers to be a misfit in their present scheme of things.

18 Oct 2016


Meet Musical.ly, an app that is taking USA by storm

Founded in Shanghai in 2014 as a platform to create, share and discover short music videos, Musical.ly has grown in popularity, particularly in the US, and has over 100 million users today.

22 Sep 2016


WhatsApp transactions gone wrong

E-commerce through WhatsApp poses a problem which concerns the transacted products' 'genuinity'.

31 Aug 2016


Y Combinator: The world's most prestigious start-up school

Y Combinator, based in California is a start-up accelerator.