China’s WeChat app crosses one billion account mark

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BEIJING (AFP) – China’s ubiquitous WeChat social media platform has crossed the one billion accounts mark as its messaging, game and shopping services attract more and more users.

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The symbolic threshold was announced by Pony Ma, the chief executive of its parent company Tencent, on the sidelines of China’s parliamentary session on Monday.

The all-in-one app, known as Weixin in China, is a daily necessity for most Chinese, bringing together messaging, social media, mobile payment, games, news and other services.

Half of WeChat users spend more than 90 minutes a day on the app.

In its last company results in September, Tencent had reported that WeChat users had opened 980 million accounts, a 16 percent increase from the previous year.

“WeChat’s worldwide monthly active users have surpassed the critical one billion mark,” said Mr Ma, who is a delegate at the two-week session of the Communist Party-controlled National People’s Congress.

“In the future we hope to use technological innovation to push forward the next developmental step of reform and opening,” Mr Ma said.

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