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”

Interview: How ByteDance, the world’s largest startup, is taking on Southeast Asia

Original article: KrASIA ByteDance is more than just TikTok. The technology company, founded by Zhang Yiming in 2012, operates numerous online content platforms and services that include the popular apps Douyin and Toutiao in China. TikTok, the international version of Douyin, has already overtaken Facebook to become the world’s second most downloaded app. Considered theContinue reading “Interview: How ByteDance, the world’s largest startup, is taking on Southeast Asia”

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”