Tik Tok was downloaded more than Facebook in the US last month.
Western tech companies protect their castles; Chinese firms play guerrilla warfare.
Whether Bytedance can make it in the US market is still up in the air.
Facebook said that it would “carefully” consider privacy and free expression.
At 663 million downloads in 2018, TikTok surpassed Instagram and is catching up to Facebook.
The app has seen its installs increase by 237% year-on-year.
In the discussion, specific mention was made of ZTE and Huawei.
What happened: Facebook’s registration to set up an innovation center in Hangzhou disappeared on Chinese government database after only existing for several hours. According to people familiar with the matter, this came after a disagreement between Zhejiang authorities and China’s national internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China, which was angry that it hadn’t been consulted more closely.
Why it’s important: Facebook has been blocked in China for long and its effort to enter China never ceased. The short-lived success underlines how difficult it is still. Its presence, even not as a social network but a tech innovation center, is troublesome enough fo the authorities.