PANDAILY - On April 25, BlueCity was named a winner in the World Health Organization's (WHO) first-ever Western Pacific Innovation Challenge: Innovation for the Future of Public Health. The firm won the accolade for its Internet+ HIV interventions on Blued, a world-leading online LGBTQ+ community platform connecting ~60M users.
Q: BlueCity was among the first to introduce the concept of Internet+ HIV prevention in China. Could you describe how this works?
Zhao: For HIV prevention to be effective, it must be convenient, discreet, and timely. Users can directly make appointments with ~200 testing centers in over 30 cities, and we are working to broaden this service outside of China.
Q: How do your PrEP and PEP services work?
Zhao: We provide access to HIV screening, pre-exposure prophylaxis ("PrEP"), and post-exposure prophylaxis ("PEP") solutions. Users can order such medications in major Chinese cities. We also offer express delivery of PEP medication.
Q: We know privacy and data security is a critical issue for internet companies. What does it mean for BlueCity and your LGBTQ users?
Zhao: Privacy is non-negotiable, and protecting user privacy is central to our mission. We prohibit users from taking a screenshot or recording a video while using the app. We have an anti-fraud team, and we carry out regular online safety campaigns to raise awareness.
GLOBENEWSWIRE - BlueCity, a leading online LGBTQ platform, has entered into a merger agreement with Multelements Limited ("Parent"), Diversefuture Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent, pursuant to which the company will be acquired in an all-cash transaction, implying an equity value of the company of ~$60M for all of the company's outstanding ordinary shares. The merger is expected to close in the second half of 2022.
GLOBE NEWSWIRE - Blued, a world-leading online LGBTQ+ community platform, is reiterating its commitment to ensuring the safety of its users this World Consumer Rights Day with a series of in-app features and operational efforts. Blued has formed a dedicated anti-fraud team that covers security, risk control, and technical AI identification. It developed a proprietary AI identification technology in 2021 that notifies users when there is a potential risk of fraud, while it sends in-app warnings when sensitive words are detected in private chats. Blued also carries out regular online safety campaigns to raise awareness on the issue.
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PR NEWSWIRE - Baoli Ma, the founder, chairman, and CEO of BlueCity, a world-leading LGBTQ platform, has been named in the premiere edition of the Gaingels 100, an inspiring collection of LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs from around the world. He is the only mainland Chinese entrepreneur to be selected by Gaingels.
DEALSTREETASIA - Chinese social media firm NewBorn Town is planning to set up a $100M fund with an aim to privatise BlueCity Holdings, the operator of Blued, the country's biggest LGBTQ dating app. BlueCity's founder, chairman, and CEO Baoli Ma currently holds a 30.4% stake in the firm, which means that the buyer group will need to purchase the remaining 69.6% stake, or ~25.9M ADSs, for ~$48M in total. BlueCity has formed an independent special committee to evaluate and consider the going-private proposal. BlueCity started trading on Nasdaq after a $85M IPO in July 2020. Blued, which serves over 60M registered users in 170 countries and regions, offers social networking, live streaming, and health-related services to the LGBTQ community.
GLOBE NEWSWIRE - BlueCity, a leading online LGBTQ platform, has received a preliminary non-binding proposal letter from Mr. Baoli Ma, founder & CEOof the company to acquire all of the outstanding ordinary shares of the company that are not already beneficially owned by the Buyer Group for a proposed purchase price of US$3.70 per Ordinary Share or US$1.85 per ADS in cash.
PR NEWSWIRE - Blued connects 60m+ LGBTQ people worldwide, in 13 languages, across 170 countries. 'Flash' is a new event-based feature that enables users to connect in-person by opening their offline and online activities to fellow members. Already released in South Korea and Vietnam, the feature will be available in more markets in the coming festive seasons. Blued also launched Quick Chat, a live video speed dating feature, and Voice Chat Room, a vocal message feature that enables audio communications between multiple users.
BITTERWINTER - Gays in China are prohibited from talking about religion or expressing their religious beliefs on social networking apps that they usually use. If they try to do so, they will have their posts deleted or even their accounts blocked. Although Blued is famous for its success, it is less well-known that Blued explicitly prohibits religious content as a violation. Article 10 of the Blued Code of Conduct lists religion-related content as a "violation of Blued platform regulations," which list Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, religious associations, Buddhist studies, * churches, and other "prohibited words," and states that users who violate the regulations "will have their signatures, avatars and other information deleted."
by Chen Tao
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GLOBE NEWSWIRE - BlueCity's total revenues reached RMB270M ($41.9M), up 9.3% YOY. Net loss was RMB73.8M ($11.5M), compared with net loss of RMB137.8M in Q3 2020. Monthly active users of BlueCity's apps reached 7.5M, up 19.3% YOY. Total paying users of BlueCity's apps reached 776K, up 57.1% compared with 494K in Q3 2020. Revenues from live streaming services reached RMB194.2M ($30.1M), down 23.9% YOY. The decrease was primarily due to the decrease in the average spending per paying user for live streaming services as a result of the headwinds in the talent show live streaming industry in China. Revenues from membership services reached RMB35.1M ($5.4M), up 93.1% YOY.
PR NEWSWIRE - The gay social networking and dating app Blued is launching "Super Idol," a talent competition to showcase LGBTQ+ talents from around the globe. The grand winner, as well as active audiences, both stand a chance to win cash prizes of up to $22K. To join, aspiring contestants must post their entries on their social media, tag the official Blued account, and have prior access to Blued Live. Auditions run from Sep 6 to 8, 2021.
GLOBE NEWSWIRE - Aug 24 - Q2 revenues reached RMB292M ($45.2M), up 18% YOY. Net loss was RMB35M ($5.4M), compared with net loss of RMB3.3M in the Q2 2020. Monthly active users of BlueCity's portfolio apps reached 8.3M, up 29.3% YOY. Total paying users reached 724K, up 58.1% YOY. For the full year 2021, the Company expects total revenues to be between RMB1.15B to RMB1.2B, representing YOY growth of 12% to 16%.
PR NEWSWIRE - Aug 4 - Blued, a world-leading online LGBTQ+ community platform, has introduced a series of new features, including prohibiting screenshots and screen recordings, to protect user identity and privacy. To prevent users from capturing screenshots or recordings, the iOS version of Blued produces a blurred page after a screenshot is attempted, while the Android version prevents a screenshot from being taken altogether.
PR NEWSWIRE - July 27 - He Health, BlueCity's health service platform for men, has officially launched its online consultation services with tens of doctors from China's top hospitals available during the launch phase. He Health focuses on male sexual health, STDs, and everyday health and nutrition. The online consultation function will enable users to access a full range of digital health services, including doctor consultations, medical guidance, testing and health report analysis, and health management.