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It Built an Empire of GIFs, Buzzy News and Jokes. China Isn't Amused.

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Bytedance, Beijing, China

People working at Bytedance's headquarters in Beijing. China's top media regulator on Tuesday ordered the start-up to shut down its app for sharing jokes and silly videos.

Credit:Giulia Marchi/Bloomberg

A Chinese start-up that appears to have mastered the art of keeping people glued to their smartphones also has a knack for something else: drawing the ire of China's censors.

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