Briefing: National Library of China to archive 200 billion Weibo posts

China’s national library to archive 200 billion Weibo posts in project to preserve country’s digital heritage - SCMP What happened: The National Library of China will archive more than 200 billion posts from microblogging platform Weibo, as well as 210 million articles from news site Sina, which is owned by the same company. Both will be preserved as a part of the history of China's internet…

Briefing: New Weibo feature lets users hide posts older than 6 months

Weibo now lets you hide posts older than six months - Abacus What happened: Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, added a new feature on Friday that allows users to hide posts older than six months. Weibo’s official account stated that the new feature is aimed at “giving users more initiative and managerial power.” By launching the new feature, Weibo is following the footsteps of rival WeChat in…

Weibo users support ‘Apex Legends’ blocking China gamers

An Apex Legends squad (Image credit: Respawn Entertainment). Many users of Chinese social media platform Weibo support the idea of a region block for China in the hit battle royale title “Apex Legends,” amid concerns that lack of regulation could render the newly launched game unplayable. “Apex Legends” launched two months ago and has already amassed a user base of more than 50 million…

Weibo moves to battle fake interactions as government scrutiny persists

Chinese microblogging service Weibo aims to discourage fake comments and reposts on its platform by limiting its count of the total number of interactions such as shares to 1 million. The platform will show a maximum figure of "1 million+" when reposts and comments exceed that amount, the company wrote in a report. The social media platform said the effort aims to "build a virtuous ecosystem for…

Briefing: Microblogging platform Weibo latest to push content-driven e-commerce

Weibo plans to increase content-driven e-commerce investment - China Daily What happened: Chinese microblogging platform Weibo will invest RMB 2 billion (around $300 million) in the next two years to support content-driven e-commerce, key opinion leaders (KOLs), actors, and agencies. The move comes amid growth in the platform's active content creators, with more than 50,000 KOLs having in excess…

Briefing: Weibo plans expansion to global ‘Chinese-speaking world’

Twitter of China Weibo eyes expansion to overseas ‘Chinese-speaking world’ - SCMP What happened: Chinese social media platform Weibo is planning to expand beyond China's borders to target at audiences in the whole Chinese-speaking world, according to Weibo Sports Senior Operations Director Zhang Zhe. In addition, the company is also considering launching new, more niche products in different…

Briefing: Weibo acquires top live streaming platform Yizhibo

确认收购一直播发力视频业务 微博Q3月活用户达4.46亿-21st Century Business Herald What happened: Weibo CEO Wang Gaofei disclosed in a conference call that the Chinese Twitter-like platform has acquired its live streaming partner Yizhibo, formerly a unit of China's leading video app developer Yixia Technology. The company will try to integrate and optimize the two services in the following one to two quarters, he added.…

Weibo’s raffle algorithm under scrutiny for bias against men and Android users

Social media platform Weibo has come under fire for issues with its raffle algorithm after only 1 male (out of 113 winners) was chosen. A few weeks ago, Chinese e-sports club Invictus Gaming (iG) claimed Chinese mainland’s first world championship in League of Legends (LOL). To celebrate the event, Wang Sicong, investor and former player, held a raffle for Weibo users who reposted the news. The…

Top player Yizhibo sold to Weibo as China’s live streaming frenzy cools down

The rumor of Weibo’s acquisition of its live streaming partner Yizhibo recorded further verification as sources close to the matter told local media that Yizhibo’s business has been integrated into the Chinese Twitter-like platform. While the teams of the two businesses will still run independently, Yizhibo has moved into Sina’s office and it’s expected to enter an in-depth cooperation with Weibo…

Weibo processed 6229 fake posts in September

Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo processed more than 6000 pieces of fake information and published 159 messages fact-checking posts in September, according to a report by the company. The report, released yesterday (October 10), contains data from the platform's rumor reporting channels, which allows users to reports instances of potentially fake information. Users reported rumors more…