Instagram’s block in China is likely due to the democracy reform protests in Hong Kong. Yesterday saw tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators fill the streets.
Social media keeps on growing in Asia. Besides the perpetual growth of mainstream sites such as Facebook, up-and-coming startups are also jumping on the bandwagon, aiming to become leaders in their respective markets. With tough competition in the region, social media is becoming a numbers game, driven by compelling new features. At Tech in Asia, we aim to uncover all these goings-on in Asia’s social scene.
The app allows you to take a short video of four seconds in length, upload it to the app and play it back - but it's all looped in reverse!
10-second video app Miaopai has secured US$50 million in series C funding.
The BBC has just started using the popular messaging app Line to share news.
The Chinese government hopes to boost local stocks with foreign cash, so investors and prospective investors will be keen to seek out a service like Snowball.
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WeChat, China’s most popular mobile messaging app, has already become a handy tool for businesses in China to engage with Chinese customers.
People in Pakistan are waking up to find Instagram is blocked in the country.
Renren, the social network once lauded as “China’s Facebook”, is on a slow and agonizing path towards its own vanishing point.
Xingyun, a Chinese niche social network, has just raised an RMB 40 million (US$6.5 million) series A round of funding led by Shenzhen Capital Group
Individuals have free speech, groups are gagged: Harvard study shines light on China’s internet censorship
You can say pretty much whatever you want on Chinese social media without fear of being censored, as long as you don’t say it in unison with a collective group.
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A new update to Momo’s app for iOS heralds the arrival of the startup’s mobile advertising platform. But is it an awkward fit?
The Twitter-esque Sina Weibo (NASDAQ:WB) is now up to 156.5 million monthly active users (MAUs), according to the company’s Q2 2014 earnings.
The app, which describes itself as a "work version of WeChat", reports 800,000 registered users.