Battle of the internet giants: Facebook, WhatsApp and the rise of China's WeChat

Chinese messaging app WeChat may have been inspired by WhatsApp, but the company’s innovation has seen it quickly evolve into an online mega-platform that provides users with a smorgasbord of experiences.

Lowy Interpreter

Facebook's hefty US$19 billion purchase in cash and stocks of WhatsApp has stunned Silicon Valley, but could it be that the acquisition was partly motivated by the stunning rise of Asian messaging apps like China's WeChat?


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