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PandaTV says its not dead and will file for an IPO this year

“We are not dead, and PandaTV is about to profit,” PandaTV’s Chief Operation Officer Zhang Juyuan told local media. Original Link

iQiyi Sports secures RMB 850 million in Series A

iQiyi’s online sports broadcasting platform has raised a total of RMB 850 million in Series A round. Original Link

Chinese app owner gets 7 years in prison for spreading pornography

A 27-year-old man received 7 years in prison for 28 pornographic video on his app—that’s one year in prison for every four indecent videos. Original Link

Short video app Douyin permanently shuts down 33,000 user accounts

Short video app Douyin permanently shuts down 33,000 user accounts · TechNode

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ByteDance-backed short video platform Huoshan announces RMB 1 billion project

ByteDance-backed short video platform Huoshan announces RMB 1 billion project · TechNode

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Bytedance goes on a lawsuit spree, sues both Tencent and Baidu on same day

Bytedance goes on a lawsuit spree, sues both Tencent and Baidu on same day · TechNode

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Doors open on Douyin stores

Douyin has added portals that lead to online shops of its popular video posters. People browsing Douyin can now tap through to the personal store of the accounts they follow and purchase products. Previously, users wanting to buy from a Douyin publisher would see the products tagged and be redirected straight through to Taobao.

Why is such a tiny change worth reporting on? User experience and scale. Any additional step in the customer journey will see users abandon their purchase. Scale this up to Douyin’s 66 million active daily users–the short video app recently became the most downloaded non-game app in the world–and reducing customer drop off has a massive impact.

The development suggests not that Douyin or Bytedance apps in general are becoming online retail platforms in their own right, but that they are tightening their grip on sending traffic to existing retailers such as JD and Alibaba’s Taobao and TMall.

JD has been signing deals with all the big players such as Jinri Toutiao (a sister app to Douyin under rapidly internationalizing ByteDance), Qihoo 360, NetEase, Tencent and Baidu. The various agreements help JD suck in more traffic to its product pages. 

Alibaba tried to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in Jinri Toutiao in April, no doubt as part of plans to rejig the ways in which users are funneled through to retailers. Jinri Toutiao had 232 million active monthly users at the end of 2017.

However, looking at Jinri Toutiao’s shopping element, Tencent News reports (in Chinese) that there has been a reordering of shopping channels within the news app. Users have been migrated to having one-tap access to shopping within the app, but the ranking of shopping channels has been heading in Alibaba’s favor. The top three channels are now all Alibaba-owned, with JD in bottom position.

Douyin and rival Kuaishou have recently been accused of carrying videos of sellers pushing counterfeit goods. Sellers would show their WeChat account details for viewers to look up. Douyin promised to identify and stop such practices.

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Tencent and ByteDance founders argue on WeChat Moments about Douyin

Tencent and ByteDance founders argue on WeChat Moments about Douyin · TechNode

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Douyin is the most downloaded app in the Apple App Store

Douyin is the most downloaded app in the Apple App Store · TechNode

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iQiyi reports 57% increase in revenue

iQiyi reports 57% increase in revenue · TechNode

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Tencent and Baidu make strides into already-crowded short video market

Tencent and Baidu make strides into already-crowded short video market · TechNode

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Video platform Youku latest company to remove inappropriate content

Video platform Youku latest company to remove inappropriate content · TechNode

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Huoshan latest video platform to clean up vulgar content

Huoshan (火山小视频), the short video platform backed by Toutiao, has temporarily shut down the city channel (同城频道) to clean up the vulgar content. It is still unclear how long the channel will be offline, Chinese media TechWeb is reporting.  A week ago China’s media regulator, the State Administration of Radio and Television and China Central Television […] Original Link

Watermelon Video halts uploads and comments

Chinese entertainment app Watermelon Video (西瓜视频) has barred new mobile video uploads, live streams, and live comments, saying it is cleaning up the platform to meet legal standards, local media is reporting. The move comes amid a crackdown on online content lead by China’s media regulator, the State Administration of Radio and Television (SARFT). It […] Original Link

Watermelon Video halts uploads and comments

Chinese entertainment app Watermelon Video (西瓜视频) has barred new mobile video uploads, live streams, and live comments, saying it is cleaning up the platform to meet legal standards, local media is reporting. The move comes amid a crackdown on online content lead by China’s media regulator, the State Administration of Radio and Television (SARFT). It […] Original Link

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



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China’s short video platforms face backlash over “vulgar content”



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China tightens scrutiny over online videos, bans illegal downloads and remakes



China tightens scrutiny over online videos, bans illegal downloads and remakes · TechNode























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China’s movie makers are leveraging iQiyi’s data to make the next blockbuster



China’s movie makers are leveraging iQiyi’s data to make the next blockbuster · TechNode
































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Video: Bilibili’s dance cover stars



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Video sharing app Kuaishou rumored to raise new fund 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 around $3 billion. In the previous financing rounds, Kuaishou has pocketed fundings from Sequoia, DCM, and Baidu.

There has been talks in the industry saying that Kuaishou plans to apply for IPO either in the US or Hong Kong this year. TechCrunch in February reported that the popular video-sharing app plans to go public in the US.

Kuaishou has done exceptionally well in China with its easy-to-share video features, especially among users in lower-tier cities. The number of its monthly active users surged from 93.40 million in September 2016 to 183 million in September 2017 with 87 million daily active users, according to a report from Jiguang, a mobile data research firm. The latest figures show that now Kuaishou has 7000 million registered users and sees over 100 million daily active users.

As a front-runner in China’s mobile video sharing sector, Kuaishou allows users to share short video clips or live stream their daily lives, most of which often include eating, shopping or other bizarre performances.

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Chinese video beautifier Meipai bans live streaming by underage users

Meipai, the short video sharing app that’s part of the Hong Kong-listed Meitu Inc., issued a set of new strict rules on content regulation yesterday. Users under 18 years old will be banned from live streaming, and all existing users must undergo a renewed real-name verification process by December, said Meitu on its official Weibo account (in Chinese).

In addition, Meipai is ramping up its content auditing productivity, which is done both automatically and manually. The short video giant also calls on users to get involved, shelling out up to RMB 5,000 in reward for every piece of illegal content reported.

Online censorship is not new in China but the extent to which it is happening this year has sent chills down the spines of professional creators and everyday users. Chat group admins are now held accountable for what is said in their spaces, for example, and foreign content was taken down from major video streaming sites. President Xi has reiterated the party’s intent to oversee and drive public ideology around the time of the Communist Party’s twice-a-decade leadership reshuffle that took place in October.

Translated as “beautiful filming” in Chinese, Meipai is one of the country’s largest short video social apps along with the Tencent-backed Kuaishou and Weibo’s Miaopai. The short video sector is expandingly quickly thanks to China’s increasingly cheap data and growing mobile penetration. These platforms have, however, been plagued by obscene and vulgar content and called to have private chats with media watchdogs.

Improved video recognition capacity is making it easier for video companies to comb through content, which is traditionally harder to filter than text. Instead of auditing frames every five seconds, Meipai is now able to check every two seconds, according to the company notice.

As of June Meipai claims 152 million monthly active users, according to its parent company’s H1 financial results. Unlike Kuaishou, which is known for its “down-to-earth” users concentrated in lower-tier cities, Meipai prides itself on an overwhelmingly young, female user base living in China’s Tier 1 and 2 cities.

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