Blocks, viral videos, accusations, and lawsuits: controversies surrounding short video sites in China continue to mount. The protagonists? Toutiao’s Douyin and Tencent’s WeChat.

A post dated May 22 on Douyin’s public WeChat account, “Sorry, Douyin fans”, accused Tencent of discrimination by taking down a lot of individual “healthy” video posts, while simultaneously accusing the company of itself hosting vulgar content. Tencent PR replied sarcastically with: “All bow down to the next drama queen, Douyin.”

Soon after, Douyin CEO Zhang Nan took to WeChat moments to accuse Tencent of being “monopolist and manipulative, exploiting its market position and channels to obstruct users and damage the user experience.” He wrote it was “really beneath them, and has wiped out all the respect I’ve built up for them over the years.”

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