Just over a month ago news surfaced that TikTok’s music licenses were expiring, which could put the company in a complicated situation.
TikTok users in India can breathe a sigh of relief as the temporary ban on the app downloads gets lifted, making the app available for download again.
If someone hasn’t downloaded TikTok, the viral video-sharing app by the Chinese company ByteDance, from the Indian app store, he might not be able to ever use the app.
India has become the world’s fastest-growing mobile application market over the past few years. With more than 1.3 billion potential consumers, the Indian app market is attracting lots of attention as a huge opportunity for app growth. Thus, Chinese apps such as TikTok, Helo, LIVE, UC Browser, backed by China’s tech giants, have managed to gain popularity in India.
The competition is heating up between Chinese tech giants Tencent, owner of WeChat, and the world’s most valuable startup ByteDance, the company behind TikTok.
On February 28, the video social networking app Musical.ly, now known as TikTok, was fined $5.7 million by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for illegally collecting personal information from children under the age of 13.
In episode 35 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk about WeChat competitors. Specifically, they focus on three apps that all decided to launch on Tuesday, January 15, 2019: Bytedance’s Duoshan, Wang Xin’s self-proclaimed “anti-WeChat” Toilet, and Bullet Messenger 2.0.
China’s tech unicorn ByteDance, today announced the launch of Duoshan, a video-based social messaging app in Beijing.
In 2018, many Chinese tech companies expanded their overseas markets and showcased their efforts in going global.
China’s Beijing Bytedance Technology Co. announced on August 1 that it is shutting down the popular musical.ly video app and merge this short video platform into its other platform, TikTok. The two will merge as one upgraded app under the name of TikTok.
Douyin, the most popular short-video platform, announced on June 12 that its number of domestic daily active users (DAU) has exceeded 150 million.
Last week, Tencent filed a lawsuit against Toutiao asking for a token compensation of 1 yuan, or 15 cents USD. A week later on June 1st, Toutiao filed a lawsuit against Tencent to retaliate, but with a demand of 90 million yuan (US$14 million) in compensation.
Ma Huateng, the CEO of the Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings, was in the news recently for the screen shot of his altercation with Bytedance CEO on the latter’s WeChat Moment.