Chinese internet giants and the video gaming industry is facing criticism from state media over their celebrity culture. This has also prompted a lawsuit filed against Tencent by Beijing prosecutors.
Slack is making it easier to send a message to your colleagues without pinging them at odd hours with a new message scheduling feature. It's available on desktop and mobile starting today.
Signal has confirmed via Twitter that its service is down at the moment, preventing users from sending messages. The company is currently working to restore its service for everyone.
Google Messages is testing categorizing conversations using labels that appear at the top of the app. The labels, which include All, Personal, Transactions, OTP, hope to reduce inbox clutter.
Google's Messages app now allows you to send emoji reactions to a photo, video or chat you've received as part of a new update. The app is also expanding some of its existing capabilities.
Telegram is no longer banned in Russia two years after the country's communications agency, Roskomnadzor, blocked the messaging service for refusing to provide encryption keys to the government.
Slack rolled out today a redesigned interface to its iOS app that introduces a new navigation bar at the bottom and swipe gestures for accessing your workspaces and recent conversation, among others.
Google is preparing to launch chat capabilities for Stadia. Right now, users use other apps to send direct messages to their friends. It might take a while before messaging services are launched.
A survey of the chat app's users in Tokyo and its vicinity in which over 63,000 people participated estimates that around 4,500 people have experienced at least one of the symptoms of the virus.
Today, WhatsApp announced that it has reached more than two billion users on a global scale. The Facebook-owned messaging service also highlights its ongoing effort to bolster end-to-end encryption.
Netflix announced in a press release that it would be partnering with the popular Japanese messaging service to create an original animated series based on Brown & Friends stickers.
Instagram is notifying testers of its Direct app that the standalone messaging service will be going away in the coming month. The app has been in beta for more than a year, since its inception.
Facebook appears to be testing the integration of Messenger back into its core social media app. The messaging service's functionalities are limited only to sending and receiving messages for now.
Microsoft is rolling out its Kaizala group messaging service to all Microsoft 365 and Office 365 commercial customers across the world, with plans to bring it to Teams in the future.
WhatsApp has received a new update that allows you to choose who can add you to group chats and block random people from dragging you into groups that may not interest you without your permission.
Following reports about the impending closure of Hangouts sometime in 2020, Google now seems to be working on migrating consumers to Hangouts Meet and Chat, which are currently available on G Suite.
The Russian media regulator has filed a lawsuit against the messaging app Telegram after its parent company failed to hand over the encryption keys for the app. The app may be blocked as a result.
Two of the most popular mobile messaging services, Telegram and Signal, are both experiencing outages across Europe and Asia, with some intermitted outages in other parts of the world as well.
Microsoft's Teams app currently requires users to subscribe to Office 365 for business. That may be changing soon with references spotted in preview builds alluding to a freemium tier of the app.