Bytedance’s short video app Douyin (抖音) has temporarily removed its live-stream and comment feature, local media is reporting (in Chinese). The company said that Douyin will undergo a “system upgrade” and both features will be back on after the upgrade.

Douyin’s sister app, Toutiao is also undergoing a significant shake-up. Zhang Yiming CEO of Toutiao released an open letter earlier today after the State Administration of Radio and Television’s (SAPPRFT) decision to remove the Neihan Duanzi app.

Douyin’s system upgrade seems to be a part of Toutiao’s “rectification” process. The company said it will raise the threshold on screening content on its platform and will focus on optimizing the auditing process.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.