Momo, a popular instant messaging and hookup app in China, has recently reached 80 million users, the company’s CEO Tang Yan announced on its official Weibo account on Wednesday. It was not confirmed by Tang whether or not all 80 million users were getting successfully laid.
According to a report by SCMP, the smartphone app, used to connect to nearby users and share free texts, audio notes and photographs, gained 10 million users in its first year and a whopping 50 million new users since March.
Demonstrating the power of operating in the Chinese market, Momo boasts twice as many users as Foursquare, a similar application popular outside China. Foursquare was launched two years before Momo and is available in 12 languages.
Tang announced on the company’s microblog that the application boasts nearly 13 million users every day.
In October of last year it was reported that Momo, likened to the Chinese-Grindr-for straights, would launch an English language version to help break into the international market as well as provide a way for “Chinese-illiterate laowai wanting to use the app to hook-up with Chinese girls”.
The app, commonly referred to by netizens as “a magical tool to get laid” (约炮神器), could soon, however, find itself on China’s restricted list for its somewhat controversial reputation.
In February, a leaked video showing prostitutes receiving a lecture on how to use apps like Momo when snagging clients proved somewhat of a PR crisis for the company, with some users asking, “Does this mean the women I’ve been chat with on Momo are all hookers?”
In September, it was reported that a university student in Guangzhou was murdered by someone he met on Momo posing as a ‘beautiful girl’.