More people are now using mobile messaging apps such as Telegram, WhatsApp, WeChat and Kakao Talk than social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and Weibo. 

One of the biggest problems that traditional newspapers have is that they are missing out on young audiences. Whether it's current newspaper subscribers or potential subscribers in the future, a lot of new users on WeChat are young people.

Hao Junshi, director of new media, Global Times

News outlets have cottoned on to the trend and are messaging headlines directly to your phone.

But there's more to look out for: rumours, propaganda and even some political discussions that you cannot have as easily on the web.

As amateur and rumour-mill applications work alongside "official" news products and add-ons, concerns now manifest within the possibility for conversations, sharing and news creation that were never possible online owing to the power of censorship. 

As stifled voices in places such as China and Iran finally find an outlet for their views, we look at how this surge in messaging the news can affect government choices.

The Listening Post's Will Yong reports on three mobile messaging apps and what messaging means for the news business.

Source: Al Jazeera