SPOT News rolls out mobile forum feature
By Digital News Asia July 18, 2016
- Says it’s the world’s first mobile discussion board
- ‘We aim to become the front page for all Malaysians first’
MOBILE news app startup SPOT News said it has launched its latest in-app service, Spot Discuss, for its Malaysian subscribers.
Calling it the first mobile discussion forum of its kind in the world, the company said Spot Discuss enables users to ultimately create, share and engage in conversations within seconds.
Noting that 80% of its South-East Asian subscribers are in Malaysia, Spot News’s strategy begins with creating an open platform for Malaysians to acquire and digest news then discuss their thoughts freely – the plan is to roll it out to subscribers throughout South-East Asia as well in the “near future,” it said in a statement.
“We aim to become the front page for all Malaysians first,” said SPOT News cofounder and chief executive officer Johnson Goh.
“We want to make it extremely easy and convenient for people to follow the latest news, freely read, discuss and share latest information, regardless of where they are.
“This was not possible two years ago, but now, with widespread mobile data adoption, this dream can become a reality,” he added.
SPOT News cofounder and chief technology officer Grey Ang says Malaysia has various marginalised groups whose concerns are left unheard as they have no avenue to speak out from.
“We want to give everyone equal access to voice their opinions and concerns. In Spot Discuss everyone is allowed to express themselves freely – there will be no discrimination based on race, gender, class, or sexuality,” he declared.
SPOT News was founded mid 2014 by Goh and Ang, and aims to be the ‘frontpage of every South-East Asian mobile user.’ It claims to have recorded over 500,000 downloads across the Asean region.
The SPOT News app is available on both Google Playstore and Apple App Store for free. For more information, visit http://www.getspotnews.com/.
“We foster civil discussions and encourage users to articulate their thoughts with respect. We do not censor any constructive opinions, so our content will represent honest and actual views from all walks of life,” said community manager Caroline Ng.
“Our moderators are people from the local communities, and we also have thought leaders from various industries to engage their audiences through AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions that will run in Spot Discuss.
“We believe that this benefits all parties and ensures more meaningful conversations happening on this platform,” she added.
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