TikTok’s fall from grace and its hurdles to come

Zhang Yiming, the founder of TikTok’s mother company ByteDance, wanted to make a global Chinese tech company, but he knew what needed to be done to accomplish that. He made TikTok unavailable in China and stored data outside the country. This kept Chinese censors away from the app and user data, supposedly, out of Beijing’sContinue reading “TikTok’s fall from grace and its hurdles to come”

India bans 59 Chinese apps: what developers need to do to avoid the same fate

At the heart of the Chinese app ban lies a problem with the way we build applications. Only by developing systems which hand control of data back to users can we curb the growing concerns around data sovereignty.  On June 15, 20 Indian soldiers and an undisclosed number of Chinese soldiers were killed in hand-to-handContinue reading “India bans 59 Chinese apps: what developers need to do to avoid the same fate”

Is Tencent the next Nokia? A look behind Tencent’s ruthless censorship of competition and criticism

Tencent cares a lot about its public image – to the extent that it blocks articles criticising its business. Are its censored critics onto something? We take a look at the company’s life-or-death business model. In May, an article published on WeChat criticising Tencent spread on Chinese social media and was soon blocked on allContinue reading “Is Tencent the next Nokia? A look behind Tencent’s ruthless censorship of competition and criticism”

Three ways users monetize Douyin, TikTok’s Chinese counterpart

Everyone now knows about TikTok, the Gen Z short video app which rose to fame over the past few years. This year has been no different for the app, as it has overtaken Facebook to become the world’s second most downloaded app as people find ways to fill in their free time at home. ManyContinue reading “Three ways users monetize Douyin, TikTok’s Chinese counterpart”