Globalization of China's Social Media Apps: The Cases of WeChat and TikTok


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When: Mar 5 2020 - 12:00pm until Mar 5 2020 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road, Room 3121 (3rd Floor)

The Chinese social media mobile apps WeChat and TikTok each have global subscriber numbers of one billion or more. However, the vast majority of WeChat users are based in China, while TikTok has become one of the few Chinese mobile apps to find international popularity. This talk explores the global strategies of the companies behind these apps, and considers the current course and future potential of the apps in overseas markets.

Eric Harwit researches and teaches about the politics of China’s industrial development. His books include China’s Automobile Industry and China’s Telecommunications Revolution. His recent publications focus on the politics and economic development of China’s Internet, 5G network deployment, and mobile social media. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.


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