DIRCO used WeChat to track locals in China during coronavirus outbreak - minister

2020-03-05 17:08

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor has said the department used WeChat to keep track of South Africans in China, as South Africans are not obliged to register their presence with the South African Embassy when travelling.

Messaging upstart touted as WeChat rival wiped from Apple Store

2018-10-10 07:58

Bullet Message, the social media upstart touted as a challenger to Tencent’s ubiquitous WeChat, has been removed from Apple’s China app store for potential content violations.

Naspers surges as Honour of Kings, WeChat boost Tencent profit

2017-08-16 12:54

Tencent has posted a quarterly profit that surpassed all estimates as its marquee title Honour of Kings drove a 54% surge in mobile gaming revenue.

Chang has left the group

2016-12-04 06:07

We simply got less discerning, writes Dion Chang, and all social-media etiquette went out the window.

China's WeChat takes on WhatsApp in Africa

2016-07-24 13:07

Late to the party, WeChat, China's biggest Internet-based mobile messaging platform, is scrambling to get a piece of the action in the booming African market.

Are 'chatbots' the future of online business?

2016-04-15 07:23

An artificial intelligence 'chatbot' from a US restaurant now lets you order a meal in a smartphone text exchange.

Local micro-jobbing startup M4JAM halts trading

2016-03-15 15:16

Internet micro-jobbing service Money for Jam has ceased trading after failing to make a profit, the company’s CEO Andre Hugo has told Fin24.

WeChat in SA digital wallet play

2015-11-26 12:34

Instant messaging application WeChat has launched a local digital wallet that it hopes could replace the need to carry cash or cards.

WeChat exposed to Apple malware risk

2015-09-21 09:03

China's Tencent has fixed a flaw in its WeChat instant messaging application that exposed some of the service’s 600 million users to malicious software.

Why messaging apps attract big valuations

2015-08-13 14:08

Mobile application WeChat, a 600 million user messaging app, illustrates why messaging apps are attracting huge funding.


Tencent culls WeChat accounts in China's latest content clean-up

2018-11-17 14:34

Tencent plans to rein in content on WeChat by culling the number of public accounts on the platform, responding to the latest in a series of Chinese government clean-ups.

China starts crackdown on creators of WeChat groups

2017-09-12 16:08

Self-censorship is kicking in fast on WeChat as China’s new rules on message groups casts a chill among the 963 million users of Tencent’s social network.

Missing Chinese billionaire targeted over stocks crash

2017-02-02 11:04

A Chinese billionaire who went missing from Hong Kong and is believed to have been abducted by mainland security agents is reportedly under investigation in connection with China's 2015 stocks crash.

WeChat coming soon at 35 000 feet in China

2016-08-15 10:49

Millions of flyers in China may soon see their wish come true: Authorities are considering lifting restrictions on the use of mobile phones on planes.

WeChat eyes a slice of SA’s e-commerce pie

2016-07-11 11:50

Messaging app WeChat is heavily focused on the take-up of its wallet technology in South Africa this year, says the app's head of Africa Brett Loubser.

Why 'chatbots' are the next big tech trend

2016-04-12 07:04

The robots are coming — to help run your life or sell you stuff — at an online texting service near you.

Asian wildlife traders harness social media

2016-03-03 21:26

Social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram are increasingly being used in Asia as platforms for the illegal trade in a range of threatened species.

‘Mxit chose to be stubborn’

2015-09-21 14:30

Fin24 users have expressed their views on mobile social network Mxit’s dramatic decline.

Mxit Africa's best web app ever, says ex-boss

2015-08-25 12:05

Instant messaging service Mxit is the best web application ever to be created in Africa, according to Alan Knott-Craig Jnr.

How is pathfinding CliffCentral doing one year on?

2015-06-25 14:45

How is top SA radio presenter Gareth Cliff's CliffCentral doing? Here are some questions to find out how the new venture is faring.

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