Home » Social » China’s Tencent Overtakes Facebook To Become World’s Biggest Social Network
Mascots of Tencent displayed at a registration

China’s Tencent Overtakes Facebook To Become World’s Biggest Social Network

*With a market cap of $523 billion, Tencent surpassed Facebook ($522 billion) on Tuesday

 

RT: Chinese tech giant Tencent’s mega-rally has turned it into the world’s fifth-largest company and the first Asian firm to enter the half trillion dollar club.

 

The Hong Kong-listed internet giant, known for its WeChat messaging app and online games, has seen its stock price soar nearly 120 percent this year. It has reported better-than-expected third-quarter net income up 69 percent on the year.

 

With a market cap of $523 billion, Tencent surpassed Facebook ($522 billion) on Tuesday, joining the ranks of the world’s five largest corporations that include Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Amazon. It is also bigger than its Chinese rivals: e-commerce giant Alibaba ($474.15 billion), and web services company Baidu ($82.97 billion).

 

One of Tencent’s key products, WeChat, was the main revenue contributor in the third quarter. China’s most popular messaging service has expanded to an all-in-one platform with almost one billion users. It could be the “killer product” to spearhead expansion abroad, according to Tencent senior vice president S.Y. Lau.

 

“Malaysia is actually quite large in the sense that we have 20 million WeChat users, huge potential, and the market is quite warm toward internet products from China,” said Lau.

 

Tencent president Martin Lau said the company would keep investing in digital content, especially online video, to draw more time from more paying customers.

 

The 19-year old company’s other businesses include Spotify equivalent Tencent Music and YouTube equivalent Tencent Video.

 

Overseas acquisitions will remain a key way of enhancing Tencent’s global access and competitiveness, S.Y. Lau told Reuters. Tencent has made a “breakthrough” in gaining an e-payment license in Malaysia for local transactions, and plans to start early next year, he added.- RT

Share This:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

x

Check Also

Facebook Launches Africa’s First SME Council in Nigeria

… Says Small businesses are the ...

OLX Marks 5 Years In Nigeria

  IT NEWS NIGERIA:   Leading ...

Russia To Ban Facebook 2018

IT NEWS NIGERIA:   Russia has ...

6 Ways To Increase Social Media Engagement

Have you always desired to have ...

Facebook Unveils Ad Control For Advertisers, 3rd Party Partnership

*Facebook has lunched ad control for ...