lørdag 25. mars 2023

TikTok is owned by a Chinese company. So why doesn’t it exist there?

TikTok is fighting to stay alive in the United States as pressure builds in Washington to ban the app if its Chinese owners don’t sell the company. But the wildly popular platform, developed with homegrown Chinese technology, isn’t accessible in China. In fact, it’s never existed there. Instead, there’s a different version of TikTok — a sister app called Douyin. Both are owned by Beijing-based parent company ByteDance, but Douyin launched before TikTok and became a viral sensation in China. Its powerful algorithm became the foundation for TikTok and is key to its global success.

But the two platforms, similar on the surface, play by starkly different rules. Here’s what you need to know about Douyin and ByteDance.