WeChat rival Bullet Messenger hit by copyright claim, gets pulled from App Store

Andy Boxall

In App Business. October 10, 2018

A rival to Tencent’s WeChat messaging app has been removed from the iOS App Store after taking on five million registered users over the past month. Bullet Messenger doesn’t have the complicated features of WeChat, and relies on speech-to-text prowess and a simple interface to entice users.

According to developers Beijing Kuairu Technology, which produces the app, image content copyright claims forced the app to be removed from the store. It remains live in various Android app stores in China.

In a Weibo post, the company said:

“We are verifying the situation with the partner and will inform you as soon as possible when download capabilities are resumed.”

Tencent’s WeChat has more than a billion users, and can be used for payments in China, although this feature is not available in the Bullet Messenger app.