August 7, 2020

TikTok and WeChat: Chinese apps dogged by security fears

Beijing (AFP) – The United States has fired a new salvo in its rivalry with China, ordering sweeping restrictions against Chinese-owned social media stars TikTok and WeChat.Here are some key facts about the platforms:What is WeChat?WeChat, known as “weixin” or micro-message in Chinese, belongs to tech giant Tencent and has grown to become ubiquitous in daily life across China since its 2011 launch.It has more than a billion monthly users and is a “super app” used for everything from messaging to ride-hailing and mobile payments, while also serving as a social media platform.Tencent surpassed F…


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