China's Weibo takes down Instagram-like app after logo plagiarism controversy

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Chinese microblogging website Weibo Corp has taken down an Instagram-like app just three days after its launch and apologised following ...

BEIJING: Chinese microblogging website Weibo has taken down an Instagram-like app just three days after its launch and apologised following accusations of plagiarism about the app's logo, in a stumble for efforts to find new sources of growth.

Weibo, launched by Sina Corp in 2009, is one of China's most established social networking companies alongside the likes of Tencent. But it has been seeking new ways to grow in the face of competition from startups including short video apps Douyin and Kuaishou.The company, backed by Alibaba Group, launched image-sharing app Oasis on Monday .

"We apologise to the designer and also to our friends that care for us!" the app said in a Weibo post."We especially thank the user who flagged this to us.""We have initiated an internal inspection of our design process and contacted the designer to solve the copyright issue," it said.A Weibo representative did not immediately respond to an emailed request by Reuters for comment.


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