Platform Industry: Tencent logo at an event

Tencent boss meets China antitrust officials as scrutiny widens

Pony Ma, the founder of Tencent Holdings met with antitrust watchdog officials this month to discuss compliance at his group, three people with direct knowledge of the matter told ...

Platform News: Facebook

Facebook faces lawsuits that could force sale of Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook might be forced to sell its prized assets WhatsApp and Instagram following the US Federal Trade Commission and almost every US state filed lawsuits against the social medi...


JD.com becomes first online platform to accept China’s digital currency

Chinese e-commerce company JD.com Inc said on Saturday it has become the nation’s first digital platform to accept Beijing’s homegrown digital currency.

Tencent WeChat

China’s WeChat blocks Australian PM in doctored image dispute

The WeChat platform blocked a message from Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison amid an ongoing dispute between Canberra and Beijing within the doctored tweeted image of an Aust...

Tencent WeChat

Appeals court in the US rejects immediate WeChat ban

A US appeals court has rejected a Justice Department request it allow the authorities to immediately ban Apple and also Google from offering WeChat for downloading from US app stor...

Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

US court agrees to expedite government TikTok app store ban appeal

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday agreed to fast-track a Justice Department appeal of a ruling preventing the government from banning new TikTok downloads from US app stores.

Platform News: Ant Financial

US explores restrictions on Ant Group, Tencent payment platforms

The United States is considering limitations on China’s Ant Group as well as Tencent over concerns their digital payment platforms undermine national security, Bloomberg News...

Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

China says the US TikTok and WeChat bans break WTO rules

China said in a World Trade Organisation meeting that constraints by the United States on Chinese mobile apps TikTok and WeChat are in violation of the human body’s rules, a ...

Tencent WeChat

US government appeals ruling to block its WeChat app store ban

The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it had been appealing a judge’s decision to prevent the government from barring Apple and Google from providing Chinese-owned messa...

Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

Judge blocks President Trump’s ban on new TikTok downloads

A US judge has temporarily blocked a Trump government arrangement that has been set to bar Apple and Google from providing Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok for download at 11...

Platform News: viral TikTok video streaming app

Judge plans to decide on TikTok US app store ban by end of day

A US judge has said that he plans to decide later on Sunday if to obstruct a Trump administration order prohibiting Apple and Google from providing Chinese short video-sharing app ...

Tencent WeChat

Chevron asks employees to delete WeChat app

Chevron Corp has asked employees internationally to delete Tencent’s WeChat from their work phones, following the Trump administration’s executive order to prohibit the...

Tencent WeChat

US judge halts Trump’s order to remove WeChat from app stores

A US judge ancient Sunday blocked the Trump administration from requiring Apple Inc and also Google to get rid of Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for downloads by late Sunday.

Platform news: TikTok app based in China, US politics

Trump to block US downloads of TikTok and WeChat

The Trump administration will prohibit WeChat and TikTok from being featured in US app stores beginning Sunday night, a move that will prevent Americans from downloading the contro...