Bytedance just can’t seem to get enough of court hearings. After losing a court battle to Tencent in July last year over copyright violations and suing Baidu and Sogou for unfair competition this year, the Beijing-based company is making its lawyers busy again.

The court in Beijing’s Haidian district has accepted a case brought by Bytedance-operated short video platform Douyin which is suing Tencent for defamation and requesting RMB 1 million in damages including an apology.

The move follows a very public clash between Tencent’s CEO and chairman Pony Ma and founder of ByteDance Zhang Yiming. Just last week, the two tech leaders were caught bickering on WeChat Moments, a feature similar to Facebook’s feed, over Tencent’s decision to suspend direct playback of short videos on WeChat and QQ including Douyin. Zhang then revealed that Bytedance is consulting with legal experts over the matter.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.