Are Douyin And Tiktok Douyin 'S Popular Videos

     

In China, TikTok is known as Douyin (抖音 dǒuyīn), và both apps are made by Bytedance, a Beijing-based mạng internet company. But the two apps are not exactly the same.


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For the New Yorker, Jia Tolentino describes in gorgeous detail (porous paywall — definitely worth the click) the addictive algorithms of TikTok, a.k.a. 抖音 dǒuyīn. This is the video clip tiện ích from Beijing-based Bytedance that has expanded beyond China to lớn hook millions of teenagers in the U.S., India, & elsewhere. But Duoyin và TikTok are not exactly the same:

Though it remains broadly similar lớn TikTok, Douyin has become more advanced than its global counterpart, particularly with respect to ecommerce. With three taps on Douyin, you can buy a hàng hóa featured in a video; you can book a stay at a khách sạn after watching a Clip shot there; you can take virtual tours of a city’s stores and restaurants, get coupons for those establishments, and later post geo-tagged video Review. Fabian Bern, the head of a marketing company that works closely with Douyin influencers, told me that some power users can make “fifteen to lớn twenty thousvà U.S. dollars” on a shopping holiday like Singles’ Day.

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Chinese social media consultant Matthew Brennan added a video clip on Twitter yesterday, demonstrating how Douyin “now has in-video search. Search someone’s face to find more videos of them. Search in-đoạn Clip products or clothes & buy directly.” What’s on Weibo has more detail on this new feature: TikTok’s in-Clip search function (và how to activate it).


Chinese TikTok now has in-Clip tìm kiếm. Search someone's face to find more videos of them. Search in-đoạn phim products or clothes và buy directly #抖音 pic.twitter.com/RBcIqnOBgN

— Matthew Brennan (

Douyin also has an older user base than TikTok, as it “now contains micro-vlogs, life-style content, business advice, & videos from local police.” Some rural city governments “have sầu begun advertising their regions’ produce and tourist attractions on the ứng dụng.”

Is TikTok censoring content sensitive to the Chinese authorities? It appears so: footage of the protests in Hong Kong was strangely completely absent from the platkhung, according to a Washington Post report last week.

Tolentino considers this question:

It’s true that the Hong Kong user base is not large, relatively speaking — TikTok told me that the app had fewer than a hundred và fifty thousand daily active sầu users there — though that is the case for Twitter, too, & videos from the protests have gone viral on that platform. TikTok is generally thought of as a place for goofing off rather than for engaging in political discourse, & a TikTok executive dismissed the idea that the company was manually or algorithmically suppressing Hong Kong-related content. But one of the risks of giving our attention to entertainment governed by privately controlled algorithms is that those who own the algorithms will always be able lớn say that they are merely delivering what we want khổng lồ see.

UPDATE, 9/26: The Guardian obtained “leaked documents detailing moderation guidelines,” confirming what many had suspected: Bytedance censors political content on its phầm mềm closely and in line with Beijing’s priorities, just like Tencent và any other major China-based social media company.

The guidelines divide banned material into two categories: some nội dung is marked as a “violation”, which sees it deleted from the site entirely, and can lead to lớn a user being banned from the service. But lesser infringements are marked as “visible to self”, which leaves the content up but limits its distribution through TikTok’s algorithmically-curated feed.

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This latter enforcement technique means that it can be unclear to users whether they have posted infringing content, or if their post simply has not been deemed compelling enough to lớn be shared widely by the notoriously unpredictable algorithm.

The bulk of the guidelines covering China are contained in a section governing “hate speech & religion”.

In every case, they are placed in a context designed lớn make the rules seem general purpose, rather than specific exceptions. A ban on criticism of China’s sociadanh sách system, for instance, comes under a general ban of “criticism/attachồng towards policies, social rules of any country, such as constitutional monarchy, monarchy, parliamentary system, separation of powers, socialism system, etc”.

Another ban covers “demonisation or distortion of local or other countries’ history such as May 1998 riots of Indonesia, Cambodian genocide, Tiananmen Square incidents”.

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A more general purpose rule bans “highly controversial topics, such as separatism, religion sects conflicts, conflicts between ethnic groups, for instance exaggerating the Islamic sects conflicts, inciting the independence of Northern Irel&, Republic of Chechnya, Tibet & Taiwan and exaggerating the ethnic conflict between blaông xã và white”.

Other articles that we have in recent months highlighted about TikTok, which indicate that its parent company Bytedance may be the next Chinese company khổng lồ face scrutiny from the U.S. government:


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Lucas Niewenhuis is the Newsletter Editor at web5s.com.vn. Previously, he has researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council, interned at the Council on Foreign Relations, và studied Chinese language & culture in Shangnhị & Beijing. Read more