TikTok, Douyin user spending increased five-fold in 2019

By Tony Xu

Jan 17, 20201 min read TikTok logo. (Image credit: Bigstock / bigtunaonline)TikTok and Chinese version Douyin grossed nearly $177 million in user spending in 2019, more than five times the revenue it earned in 2018, according to analytics firm Senso…

Bytedance and Tencent reach music licensing deal: report

By Tony Xu

Jan 13, 20201 min read A photo of Bytedance’s office in Shanghai. (Image credit: TechNode/Shi Jiayi)Bytedance-owned short video app Douyin reached a music licensing deal with Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) near the end of 2019, marking the first …

Douyin campaign bans 2 million accounts for faking fans

By Tony Xu

Jan 9, 20201 min read A photo of Bytedance’s office in Shanghai. (Image credit: TechNode/Shi Jiayi)Bytedance blocked 550 million fake likes and follows on Douyin and banned more than 2 million accounts associated with these misbehaviors in a three-m…

Bytedance rebrands Huoshan to support Douyin

By Tony Xu

Jan 9, 20201 min read Screenshot of Douyin Huoshan version’s official website. (Image Credit: TechNode)Bytedance has rebranded its short video app Huoshan to link it more closely to Douyin, according to a company announcement on Wednesday, as it mov…