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: KuaishouChinese 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 - SCMPWhat 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 TechWhat 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 InformationWhat 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…

Briefing: Kuaishou is still banned on WeChat Moments, says Tencent

微信解除对快手的分享限制?腾讯官方回复证实纯属“乌龙” – Tencent TechWhat happened: Tencent public relations director Zhang Jun said sharing short videos from Kuaishou as well as Xigua Video is still banned in WeChat Moments. Zhang said developers used mini programs to let users share those videos in WeChat, which led some to believe that the ban was removed. Local news media reported on Thursday that videos from…

Kuaishou returns to WeChat after six-month ban

After being outlawed by WeChat for six months, Kuaishou videos can once again be shared on the Moment’s feed, according to local media reports (in Chinese).In April, WeChat banned users from sharing and playing short videos through external links from apps including Bytedance' Douyin, Huoshan, Xigua Video, as well as two Tencent-backed apps, Kuaishou and Weishi.WeChat lifted the restriction…

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…