Chinese technology giant Tencent has filed a lawsuit worth RMB 1 against Bytedance and Microvision Technology for alleged unfair competition and damaging its reputation on the companies’ Douyin and Jinri Toutiao platforms.

The primary focus of the lawsuit seems to be a request for a public apology on the offending companies’ media platforms and suspended business cooperations with the two firms.

Tencent said numerous disparaging articles, videos, and statements had been disseminated on Douyin and Jinri Toutiao, thereby denigrating the company. It also said Douyin misleadingly stated to its users that Tencent had blocked the platform’s video links.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.