ChinaTechCity: TikTok maker ByteDance has a search app in China

ChinaTechCity: TikTok maker ByteDance has a search app in China. “Without Google, China’s dominant search engine is Baidu with nearly two-thirds of the market. Now ByteDance, the owner of the viral short video app TikTok, wants a piece of the pie. The company is quietly testing a new search app that’s available for download on some Chinese Android app stores.”

Coronavirus: China tightens social media censorship amid outbreak (South China Morning Post)

South China Morning Post: Coronavirus: China tightens social media censorship amid outbreak. “The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement released late on Wednesday that it has set up supervision on platforms that include those run by microblogging service provider Sina Weibo, short video and news apps operator ByteDance, and Tencent Holdings, which owns the ubiquitous multipurpose app WeChat.”

TechCrunch: ByteDance & TikTok have secretly built a deepfakes maker

TechCrunch: ByteDance & TikTok have secretly built a deepfakes maker. “TikTok parent company ByteDance has built technology to let you insert your face into videos starring someone else. TechCrunch has learned that ByteDance has developed an unreleased feature using life-like deepfakes technology that the app’s code refers to as Face Swap. Code in both TikTok and its Chinese sister app Douyin asks users to take a multi-angle biometric scan of their face, then choose from a selection of videos they want to add their face to and share.”

Abacus News: TikTok maker ordered to clean up search engine for “defaming” Chinese revolutionary martyr

Abacus News: TikTok maker ordered to clean up search engine for “defaming” Chinese revolutionary martyr. “TikTok maker ByteDance was ordered by Chinese authorities to clean up the search results in its popular news app Toutiao. The Cyberspace Administration of China’s Beijing office said that ‘harmful information’ that ‘defames’ a revolutionary martyr appeared in the search results of Toutiao’s new search engine.”

CNET: US launches a national security review of TikTok, report says

CNET: US launches a national security review of TikTok, report says. “The US government is looking into the popular social media app TikTok for possible security risks, a new report Friday revealed. TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has become incredibly popular with teenagers in the US and around the world for its short-form videos.”

EConsultancy: Can ByteDance’s new search engine succeed despite the decline of search in China?

EConsultancy: Can ByteDance’s new search engine succeed despite the decline of search in China?. “It’s a classic battle of old versus new, David versus Goliath. No other search engine comes close to threatening Baidu’s dominance – its closest rivals, Sogou and Shenma, hold 11% and 5% market share respectively, according to Global Stats – and hasn’t for years. But Toutiao Search seems like it might be the candidate to unseat Baidu. However, a bigger question arising from the news is: does search in China really matter in 2019?”

KrASIA: China’s ByteDance to build a brand-new search engine to challenge Baidu

KrASIA: China’s ByteDance to build a brand-new search engine to challenge Baidu. “The world’s most valuable startup ByteDance has started to recruit talent to build from scratch a general search engine for all internet users, the company announced via WeChat on Wednesday.” If you’re thinking to yourself, “What the heck is ByteDance?” — It’s the parent company of TikTok.

TNW: TikTok maker’s new app is another shot in the Chinese social media battle

TNW: TikTok maker’s new app is another shot in the Chinese social media battle. “ByteDance, the world’s most valuable startup and the company behind popular apps like TikTok, has released a new app: Feiliao (飞聊). Or, if you translate it into English, Flipchat. The new app has a clever spin on instant messaging. It encourages users to create interest-based chat groups based on common hobbies, likes and preferences.”