China and News Break ties are exposed! News Break is an application in the U.S., and on May 23, an in-depth investigation revealed its relations with China.
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News Break was founded in 2016 when Jeff Zheng created Particle Media Inc. in Delaware. He’s the owner of the Chinese news app Yidian Zixun. On the Yidian Zixun website, we can see that they announced the establishment of Particle Media as a milestone in the company’s growth.
“In April 2015, Yidian Zixun established Particle Media, an affiliate company in Silicon Valley, to launch its global strategic deployment, and the English version of Yidian Zixun, NewsBreak, was recommended by the U.S. App store twice in a row and has become a popular news aggregation application in the United States.”
Later, the text was deleted from the website when The Wire China shared the investigation. The Wire China shared that the News Break statement was wrong, and their legal department sent a letter to delete the articles.
A survey showed that when you open the article, it leads to 404 error messages, which means that the reports are deleted.
You can still find articles on the smaller sites, like these two: one and two. The Epoch Times only shared two articles and promised to continue investigating the ties between News Break and the Chinese regime.
News Break, Yidian Zixun, and Jeff Zheng.
According to all data available, Particle Media owns News Break. Jeff Zheng founded it in April 2015, and it represents the English Version of Yidian Zixun, to which he’s the owner.
If you do a little research, the LinkedIn page shows that Jeff Zheng has a Ph.D. in computer science at the University Buffalo, a Masters in Science Degree at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Tsinghua University in China.
Zheng joined Yahoo in 2006, and he’s the funding head of Yahoo. In 2013, Yidian Zixun was created, and the meaning behind its name is one byte of information.
News Break and Phoenix T.V.
From October 2014 to December 2016, Phoenix New Media had a 44.2% stake in Particle Media, and that’s a potion worth $135.3 million. After that, it sold most of the stakes, but 3.63% of Particle Media remained.
Yidian ZIxun is its parent company, and among the largest shareholders is Xiaomi. Phoenix T.V. is Phoenix New Media’s parent company, with Liu Shuang as CEO.
You have a pdf file here of Phoenix New Media update on the sale of the shared in Z.Y. We learn that Particle Media was founded on July 22, 2013, Cayman Islands, an exempted company. One week later, Particle H.K. Ltd. was registered in Hong Kong to finish the shareholding transaction.
The Wire China announced that Zheng created Media Inc in Delaware, and the headquarters are in Mountain View. He’s a shareholder in Y.Z. in Beijing.
News Break denies that they are connected with Phoenix and Yidian Linux and added that its backers were some small companies to which CCP is a partial owner.
‘’Phoenix Satellite T.V. Holdings Limited was founded on March 31, 1996, and had headquarters in Hong Kong. Initially, it was a joint venture between Murdoch’s News Group, Today’s Asia Ltd., By Liu Changle, and CCTV’s ‘’China Wise International Limited.’’
In the past, News Group with Today’s Asia had 45% of Phoenix T.V., and china Wise International had only 10%. Liu Changle was the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
Moreover, it was the first T.V. station that had the legal right to broadcast in China. Also, the National Radio and T.V. Administration of China in 2003 granted the landing rights.
Phoenix TV, Liu Changle, and the CCP
Phoenix T.V. is widely known as the mouthpiece of the CCP, and it had consistent News reporting with the stance of the CCP.
Liu Changle stated: “CCTV is the big brother, and we are the little brother.”
According to a commentator, in 2005, Liu Chiangle said that the CCP’s Ministry of State Security gave him $2 million to set up one television station.
He was initially born in Shanghai, November 5, 1951. In 1964 he moved to Beijing with his father, in 1970 to Lanzhou, and after six months entered the PLA of the CCP, and he was an officer in the political propaganda department.
He also joined the China National Radio in 1983 and worked as a reporter, editor, and commentator. Liu was promoted to senior management and sent overseas in 1988 by CCP.
June 2006, China Mobile Communication already had a 19.9% stake, and Liu was the largest shareholder, holding a 37.54% stake.
Jiang Mianheng is known as the King of China Telecom, and he’s the oldest son of Jiang Zemin. Changle had total control over Phoenix T.V.
Szeto Wah, the pro-democracy activist, stated: “not only is Phoenix T.V. a CCP-funded and controlled media, but the main people in charge also have a national security background. Since no one believes what Beijing’s CCTV says, they are using Phoenix to suppress dissidents.”
In the time of CEO of Yidian Zixun made Phoenix New Media to be a shareholder and changed it into an official CCP’s voice.
On September 7, 2016, Sina said that the CCP’s Internet Information Office shared the network information offices of 31 provinces onto Y.Z.’s platform.
It was “an all-around publishing platform of the Internet Information Office focused on spreading the spirit of Xi Jinping’s speeches and strategic ideas.”
News Break is the English Version of Yidian Zixun
The Phoenix posted an article named “Yidian Zixun Enters the U.S.; Founder Goes to Supervise the Battle” on April 30, 2015.
The article: “Recently, Yidian Zixun announced the latest progress of its internationalization strategy: the founder will go to the United States to supervise the English market, and has recruited more than a dozen senior engineers and scientists in Silicon Valley, and will launch the English version [of Yidian Zixun] at the end of the second quarter.’’
“According to an official statement by Yidian Zixun, the establishment of its U.S. company is a key step in the globalization of Yidian Zixun, which will use the world’s first ‘interest-based engine’ to enter the U.S. market and take advantage of the founding team’s resources and contacts in the United States to replicate Yidian Zixun’s successful model and become a truly innovative Chinese Internet company with global technological influence. ”
The CCP constructed a 1+6+N international propaganda work.
Xi Jinping suggested building “flagship international communication media with Chinese characteristics.”
With the CGTN’s raising in December 2016, we can see that CGTN must fill the first role. Six was for the six major mouthpieces of People’s Daily, Xinhua News, CCTV, China Radio International, China Daily, and China News Service. Lastly, the N is for the other English language websites to perform international communication roles for the CCP.
News Break Uses Interest-Based Engine’ to Push News to reach 45 million Americans.
In an interview from 2017, Zheng explained that News Break plays tactically to reach its goal. “recommendation + search + subscription + intelligent interaction.”
It goes according to the browsing preferences so that everyone can watch different content.
“The last category of content that users like to read and are willing to bookmark, but are unwilling to share, or are not appropriate for sharing, is closely related to personal long tail needs and has greater personal value,” he said.
“For News Break, the last category of content is its main focus.”
According to its website, five years after its launch, NewsBreak is now “The Nation’s #1 Intelligent Local News App,” getting to the #1 spots on both Google Play and Apple Store, according to its website.
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