Kuaishou is hiring more people to filter content after crackdown on “vulgar” content

Kuaishou, a leading short video platform in China, is planning to add around 3,000 content checkers (in Chinese) to its existing 2,000-member team in order to help filter content deemed illegal or inappropriate by the authority. According to the job description, the candidates should hold a bachelor degree or higher, have “high-level of morality and political awareness”, and preferably be…

China is serious about cleaning up Jinri Toutiao and Kuaishou this time

China's regulator for the media and entertainment sector, SAPPRFT (State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television), has just released a public statement (in Chinese) on their official WeChat account ordering Jinri Toutiao and Kuaishou to start cleaning up their sites and clamping down "inappropriate" content. The SAPPRFT said in the statement that the issue with vulgar…

Short video platforms Douyin, Kuaishou accused of showing counterfeit products

Chinese short video platform such as Douyin and Kuaishou are being criticized for featuring video hosts who make and distribute counterfeit products on their videos, Tencent News is reporting. Some video hosts on platforms such as Douyin, and Kuaishou are forming a black industrial chain: They openly demonstrate the process of homemade lipstick and foundation and then affix brand names, leaving…

Video sharing app Kuaishou rumored to raise new funding with valuation at $15 billion

China’s leading short social video and photo sharing app Kuaishou is rumored to launch a new round of funding with the estimated valuation at $15 billion, according to the self-media “Kaiqi.” Kuaishou told other local media that it has nothing yet to release. In March, Kuaishou raised $350 million in its Series D financing led by the Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent, and was valued at…

Behind the success of Kuaishou, the biggest social video sharing app in China

Editor’s note: This originally appeared on China Tech Insights, an English research unit affiliated to Tencent’s Online Media Group. In March 2017, internet conglomerate Tencent announced a USD 350 million investment in Kwai (or Kuaishou in Chinese pinyin), a picture and video sharing social app that the WSJ describes as capturing “what life is like outside [of] China's biggest cities”. With 400…

Chinese photo-sharing app Kuaishou lands US$ 350M strategic investment led by Tencent

Buzz surrounding China's video and live streaming craze continues this week as Kuaishou, a video editing and sharing app, announcing the completion of a US$ 350 million USD investment led by Tencent, before a potential IPO reportedly slated for the second half of this year. The new funding is earmarked for improving product experience and R&D,  the company said in a statement, adding that…

China’s Jackass? Kuaishou CEO Says They Are More Than That

Kuaishou, a video clip editing and sharing app, is among a raft of video platforms that are tapping China's ongoing video and live-streaming boom. The five-year-old app has caused a sensation on China’s social media recently because of the viral spread of their Jackass-style videos. Dangerous and self-injuring pranks like eating strange things, drinking excess liquor, jumping into icy rivers and…

Tencent’s short video app Weisihi ranks first in Apple App Store’s free apps

Tencent’s short video app Weishi has become the most popular free app in the Apple App Store after the social media and gaming giant quietly allowed some of its WeChat users to directly share and post videos from the app on WeChat starting September 15. Videos from Douyin and other popular platforms remain blocked. Screenshot of Apple App Store's top free apps Tencent told local media that not…

iQiyi launches short video app targeting the elderly

Baidu-owned video streaming platform iQiyi is taking the massively popular short video format and targetting a previously untapped segment of the market: the elderly. The company launched Jinshi (锦视)  this week (September 11), which hosts videos more appropriate to its target audience, according to New Business Intelligence. Jinshi, the third short video offering from iQiyi, hopes to entice the…

Explainer: China’s tech ecosystems and the barriers between them

Image credit: Pexels Deng Shuang, a 34-year-old mother of one, wants to share baby shoes she found on Taobao to a mom friend via WeChat. Instead of sharing it directly from Taobao to Wechat, Deng has to go through a very clumsy process: she has to copy an auto-generated Taobao link for the item and then paste it in WeChat before she can send it. A small sharing barrier between two of China’s…