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ShareChat to own MX TakaTak in $700 million deal

Two sources familiar with the matter said that the parent firm of India’s ShareChat would acquire local rival MX’s short-video platform for roughly $700 million, as competition heats up in a market where foreign investors have made big bets. 

Following an India-China border clash in 2020, New Delhi banned ByteDance’s TikTok and a few other Chinese apps, resulting in a surge in popularity for Indian short-video apps.

Following the ban on TikTok, ShareChat’s parent company, Mohalla Tech, launched Moj. This similar short-video sharing app has grown to 160 million users and competes with Meta Platforms Inc’s Instagram Reels. 

ShareChat’s parent company will buy MX’s TakaTak short-video platform in a cash-and-stock deal, according to persons familiar with the matter. 

According to one of the sources, the deal, which is valued at roughly $700 million, might be disclosed within days. 

ShareChat’s parent company now has two short-video apps in its portfolio, owing to the MX TakaTak acquisition. 

According to one of the individuals, the company aims to expand its use of artificial intelligence techniques and reach a much larger audience. Moj has around 160 million users in India and MX has roughly 100 million.

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