- $5.7 billion for a 9.99% stake in India’s Jio Platforms: this is Facebook’s second biggest deal ever, after the Whatsapp’s acquisition;
- The messaging app could integrate with Jio’s anticipated e-commerce service JioMart, turning the messaging app into a shopping channel – something similar to super app WeChat.
Mark Zuckerberg‘s social media giant Facebook announced this week it has invested $5.7 billion for a 9.99% stake in India’s Jio Platforms, the biggest telecom operator in the country with more than 370 million subscribers. The information is from TechCrunch.
The deal marks the social network’s second biggest ever, after acquiring WhatsApp six years ago for $19 billion. In addition, Facebook stated the messaging app could integrate with Jio’s anticipated e-commerce service JioMart.
Bringing Whatsapp together with JioMart could turn the messaging app into a shopping channel – something similar to super app WeChat, owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent. More than a messaging app, WeChat is also a shopping service, payments provider, and information source.
This is not Facebook’s first move to convert Whatsapp in something more than just a messaging app. Announced earlier this year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed at the occasion the official launch of WhatsApp Payments still in 2020. According to the executive, the technology would be available to users over the next six months in countries where WhatsApp has a strong presence in, like Brazil, Mexico, India, and Indonesia.