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


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.

From The New York Times
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