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China’s Weibo take Instagram-like app after the logo plagiarism controversy

BEIJING (Reuters) – the Chinese microblogging site Weibo Corp. (nasdaq: msft has taken it to an Instagram-like-app-in just three days of its launch, and apologized for, the following allegations of plagiarism concerning the application of the logo, in an encounter on the efforts to find new sources of growth.

Weibo was launched by Sina Corporation in 2009, is one of China’s most well-established social networks, companies, along with the likes of Tencent Holdings Ltd. However, it is the search for new ways to grow in the face of competition from start-ups, including a short video, apps, Douyin, and Kuaishou.

The company, backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has launched an image-sharing app-Haven, on Monday. In the local media, compared with Facebook Inc. ‘s Instagram app is, if it has a similar interface and allow users to surf the web, share, and edit photos and videos using the app. Instagram has been blocked in China.

On Wednesday, it has been ranked as one of the top free apps on Apple Inc. ‘ s China App Store.

But the Weibo then took the app offline after a microblogger said on the logo, which is almost the same as that created by a Korean film studio, and the Ulju-Mountain-Film-Festival-in 2015.

“We apologize to the creator and to our friends who take care of us!!!” the app said in a Weibo post. “We would like to thank, in particular, the user has marked it for us.”

“We have launched an internal inspection of the design and contacted the designer to a resolution of the copyright issue,” he said.

Haven said that, it will have to restart the app is “coming soon”.

A Weibo representative did not immediately respond to a request for an e-mail from Reuters for comment.

Reporting Yingzhi Yang and Brenda Goh; Editing by Christopher Cushing

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