This was announced by the owner Bytedance, who also owns “Tiktok”. There had been a "strategic review" of business activity, they wanted to realign themselves in the future, it said.
Further backgrounds were initially not known. The app should go offline on Sunday, March 14th. It was available in several languages and had 50 million downloads from the Google Play Store on Android alone. In France, “News Republic” has since become the country's most successful app. It was preinstalled on smartphones from several manufacturers.