腾讯屏蔽升级 应用宝全面封禁多闪 – ifeng
What happened: Bytedance-owned social media app Duoshan can no longer be found on Tencent’s Android app store YingYongBao, media outlet ifeng reported on Tuesday. Bytedance said the app’s disappearance is the result of Tencent ramping up competitive blocking efforts, according to the report. As of writing, other Bytedances apps including Douyin, Huoshan Video and Watermelon Video can still be found on the store. A Tencent spokesperson declined to comment.
Why it’s important: Duoshan’s disappearance from YingYongBao is the latest development in the fierce rivalry between Bytedance and Tencent. Tencent blocked Duoshan’s download link from WeChat in January, and then stopped users from registering Douyin accounts with their WeChat accounts. Tencent has sued Watermelon Video for organizing streaming campaigns of Tencent’s mobile title “Honour of Kings” without authorization, which ended in an injunction against the ByteDance subsidiary. In return, Bytedance briefly took down from Douyin all videos related to “Honour of Kings” and another Tencent game in March but quickly restored them. It is unknown whether Duoshan’s disappearance from Tencent’s Android app store will be permanent.