Kuaishou launches research institute to better serve rural users

Shen Dongshu (CEO of Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation), Liao Xinzhong (writer), Kuaishou user 'Bao Ge' (truck driver), Kuaishou user 'Yangzhu Xiaomei' (pig farmer), Ma Hongbin (senior vice president at Kuaishou) (Image credit: Kuaishou) Chinese short video app Kuaishou on Tuesday launched its new research arm, Kuaishou Social Impact Institute, that will explore the potential of internet…

Short video app Kuaishou launches youth control feature

Short video app Kuaishou launched on Thursday a “youth mode” that restricts underage user access on the platform, following Douyin in creating in-app ecosystems designed specifically for young users. Upon opening the app, a notice pops up asking whether users want to turn on youth mode, which limits users to a total of 40 minutes of use per day and locks the app from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. the…

Short video app Kuaishou makes foray into game livestreaming

A screenshot of Kuaishou's game live-streaming app Dianmiao (Image credit: Tony Xu/TechNode) Chinese short video app Kuaishou has launched a video game live-streaming app for Android, upping its stakes in China’s highly competitive live-streaming market. The move is the latest in Kuaishou’s efforts to diversify its services. The company has launched five apps in less than a year, including…

Former Meituan CTO Luo Daofeng rumored to join Kuaishou

The chief technology officer (CTO) of food delivery platform Meituan Dianping, Luo Daofeng, has reportedly left his post for a position at live-streaming company Kuaishou. Luo began working for the new company on Jan. 14, but won't become Kuaishou's CTO, a source told 36kr (in Chinese). An employee said that Luo is currently a part-time consultant, and will direct technical work in the future.…

Chinese short video app Kuaishou launches AR avatar feature

Animated cartoon avatars are now making their way into China’s popular bite-sized videos, with Tencent-backed short video app Kuaishou releasing an AR avatar feature dubbed "Kmoji.” The new addition to the app allows users to create their own avatar by customizing facial features—including skin tone, hairstyle, and eyes—or by simply scanning their face via the camera. It then tracks facial…

Short video app Kuaishou doubles down on domestic e-commerce

Image credit: Kuaishou Chinese short video app Kuaishou has upgraded its e-commerce services, giving preference to domestically produced goods and partnering with Chinese e-commerce giants in the hope of commercializing its 150 million daily active users. The company's new plan gives priority to the development of “Made in China” goods, agricultural e-commerce, public welfare, entertainment,…

Briefing: Short video app Kuaishou launches mini-game feature

Tencent-backed short video app Kuaishou launches mini game similar to WeChat’s offering - SCMP What happened: Chinese short video platform Kuaishou has launched a feature allowing users to play video games within its app, negating the need to download them to their phones. So far there is only one game available within Kuaishou's app. The new feature allows users to share their scores with other…

Briefing: Over 10 million users make extra income on Kuaishou

快手CEO宿华:超过1000万人在快手获得了收入-Tencent Tech What happened: Over 10 million users have made money on China’s top short video site Kuaishou over the past year, said company CEO Su Hua at the World Internet Conference held in Wuzhen. He added that over 130 million users are recording and sharing interesting moments of their lives on Kuaishou every day. Why it’s important: Bite-sized videos are…

Briefing: Video app Kuaishou seeks investment at $25 billion valuation

China’s Video App Kuaishou Targets a $25 Billion Valuation - The Information What happened: Video app Douyin's domestic rival Kuaishou is said to be in talks with interested parties for undisclosed financing at a $25 billion valuation, a figure 38.9% higher than the $18 billion seen in previous funding round in January. The current proposed valuation is still much lower than $75 billion, the…

Kuaishou livestreamer detained for 15 days for mocking national anthem

In a very brief Weibo post on October 29, the public security bureau of Ningcheng County, Chifeng City in Inner Mongolia, announced that it had detained a Kuaishou live-streamer for 15 days after he disrespected the national anthem. The post contained only a single picture of what appeared to be a blurred-out screenshot of the live-streamer, whose last name is Wang. According to the bureau's…