Bytedance’s new social app Feiliao, also known as Flipchat, has been removed from Apple’s App Store fewer than two months after its release.
Why it’s important: It is unknown how why the app was removed and when it will be restored, but Apple’s App Store is one of its major distribution platforms in China.
- Feiliao is Bytedance’s newest experiment in the social app landscape, following the underperforming Snapchat clone Duoshan, which was launched in January.
- The app is an “interest-based social app” that combines instant message and forum functionalities.
Details: A Feiliao spokeswoman told TechNode that they were communicating with Apple and would get an answer shortly.
- The representative also said that users who have installed the app can continue to use it and that the app is still available on Chinese third-party Android stores.
- As of writing, Feiliao is available on all major Chinese Android app stores save for Tencent’s Android app marketplace Yingyongbao.