Shenzhen-based marketing firm CN Solomo Technology (欣所罗门科技) has issued an apology after the popular short video app Douyin filed a lawsuit against it for spreading false information.

Douyin issued an official statement (in Chinese) on Tuesday regarding the rising number of false allegation and accusations against its app over the past two weeks. The company said over 1000 posts and articles on Weibo, Baidu’s Bai Jiahao (百家号), and other platforms were found containing fabricated content, some of which have become viral posts. These posts, which implicated that Douyin purposefully let pornographic and inappropriate content run rampant on its platform to attract attention and traffic, have negatively reflected on Douyin’s brand.

In one post headlined as “four-year-old daughter paralyzed after father accidentally dropped her while reenacting a viral video for Douyin,” was, in fact, an image of a father carrying his daughter who had climbed out the window and accidentally fell.

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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.