India’s government has banned Tiktok, Wechat, and 57 other Chinese apps in seeming retaliation for border clashes in the Himalayas.
WeChat adding dark mode to iOS
News that the mega app is finally adding dark mode on iOS spurred discussion among netizens, many of whom saw the move as relenting to Apple’s pressure.
TikTok furthers monetization push with ad network tests
The audience network currently only serves ads to users in China and Japan.
India shoots itself in the foot with app ban
Who does India’s app ban really hurt more? China, or its own consumers and entrepreneurs. Delhi would be better advised to reconsider.
Bytedance adds fuel to India’s ethnic and religious fires
India has become the battleground for Chinese internet companies’ proxy war. Fake news is their chief weapon.
My conversation with Zhang Yiming, founder of Toutiao
Editor’s note: A version of this post by Hans Tung and Zara Zhang first appeared on Han’s blog. Hans is Managing Partner and Zara is an analyst at GGV Capital. They publish a weekly newsletter on tech trends in China. One question I get frequently is: Which tech companies in China are on their way […]
The siege of Douyin
Blocks, viral videos, accusations, and lawsuits: controversies surrounding short video sites in China continue to mount. The protagonists? Toutiao’s Douyin and Tencent’s WeChat. A post dated May 22 on Douyin’s public WeChat account, “Sorry, Douyin fans”, accused Tencent of discrimination by taking down a lot of individual “healthy” video posts, while simultaneously accusing the company […]