Huateng(Pony) Ma &
Xiaotong (Jenny) Liu
Born October 29, 1971 in
Chaoyang, Guangdong, China
Graduated from Shenzhen
The founder of Tencent Inc. a
Chinese internet company
2007, Time magazine called him
one of the world's most
The 5th richest person in China,
and 223rd richest person in the
world with a net worth of US$
Founded in November, 1998, Tencent, Inc. has
grown into China's largest and most used Internet
Tencent„s mission is to enhance the quality of
human life through Internet services. Presently,
Tencent is providing value-added Internet, mobile
and telecom services and online advertising under
the strategic goal of providing users with "one-stop
online lifestyle services".
Tencent‟s leading Internet platforms in
China – QQ (QQ Instant Messenger),
WeChat, QQ.com, QQ Games, Qzone,
3g.QQ.com, SoSo, PaiPai and Tenpay –
have brought together China's largest
Internet community, to meet the
various needs of Internet users
including communication, information,
entertainment, e-commerce and others.
As of Dec 31, 2012, the active QQ users
accounts for QQ IM amounted to 798.2 million
while its peak concurrent users reached 176.4
A mobile text and voice messaging communication service to
make fast purchases through smartphones, developed by
Tencent in China, and first released in January 2011.
The app is available on Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows
Phone, and Symbian platforms, and registration is completed
through Facebook Connect, mobile phone SMS/VM, or
WeChat provides multimedia communication with text
messaging, hold-to-talk voice messaging, broadcast (one-tomany) messaging, photo/video sharing, location sharing, and
contact information exchange.
WeChat Membership Card is aimed at achieving 1 billion yuan
(USD 162.9 million) for monthly transaction.
All media outlets in mainland China are required to operate a
form of self-censorship to keep themselves in line with what
authorities don‟t want being discussed.
“The red line”: under the rule of the Chinese Communist
Party, you can't publish comments critical of the party, but
you can do satire or sarcasm.
As the international users keep increasing, there is
controversy over whether the conversations will be monitored
Is WeChat poised to take over the world outside China, the
US included? Chinese web giant Tencent has denied claims
that there is global censoring of its popular chat app WeChat.
WeChat is not just popular in China. Most of its more than 300
million users are Chinese, but 70 million live outside the country.
the Chinese tech giant behind WeChat, has appeared to enact
censorship measures to placate the Chinese authorities, who have
a knee-jerk aversion to any information not under their control
and therefore built the notorious Great Fire Wall, a sophisticated
state apparatus that filters out unwanted “noises” and blocks