Chinese apps popular despite concerns

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  • By Wu Pei-hua and Jonathan Chin/staff reporter, with a staff writer

TikTok, Sina Weibo and WeChat are the most talked about Chinese apps in Taiwan, despite criticism that they pose data and national security risks, according to an online report.

Video-sharing platform TikTok earned an internet volume score of 1,215,532 points as measured by the report, Chinese-language data research platform DailyView Internet Thermostat said, citing company analytics. Keypo technology.

Keypo used semantic analysis and machine learning to determine its metrics, but it did not specify how the points were defined, DailyView said.

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Microblogging site Sina Weibo scored 701,383 points, messaging app WeChat scored 241,181 points, and online provider Taobao scored 215,322 points.

Gaming and social media giant Tencent scored 145,144 points, interactive video-sharing site Bilibili scored 127,960 points and video subscription service iQiyi scored 101,176 points, according to the report.

Social media Little Red Book, which Democratic Progressive Party legislator Michelle Lin (林楚茵) says is a “weapon of a cultural united front strategy,” scored 80,700 points, he said.

The heavily censored online Chinese encyclopedia Baidu scored 53,351 points and the question-and-answer site Zhihu scored 10,355 points.

The data was analyzed from March 28 last year to Sunday last week, DailyView said.

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