Last week's hottest news and trends from Chinese social media and digital space.

Weibo restricts external links
微博限制外部链接

Weibo plans to crack down on scammers by prohibiting users from sharing web links that aren’t from a list of approved sources. From August, only whitelisted sources such as licensed media outlets, government bodies, and companies Weibo deems trustworthy will be supported.
为打击不法欺诈分子,新浪微博计划将禁止用户分享未经批准的链接。自八月份起,只有被白名单认证的消息来源,如有执照的媒体、政府机构,以及微博认为值得信赖的公司才能被支持分享。

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https://technode.com/2020/07/09/social-media-site-weibo-to-heavily-restrict-external-links/

SCMP just released China Internet Report 2020
《南华早报》发布《2020年中国互联网报告》

A must-read: SCMP’s China Internet Report 2020 brings order to the chaos of what is China’s digital space with the country’s biggest trends, biggest players, and key markets.
一则必读:《南华早报》刚发布的《2020年中国互联网报告》通过揭示当下中国最大趋势、最大参与者和关键市场,为中国数字网络空间的混乱带来了秩序。

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https://research.scmp.com/products/china-internet-report-2020

TikTok stops business in Hong Kong
抖音喊停香港业务

Short-video app TikTok announced it will halt operations in Hong Kong after China introducing a new security law in the city. This makes the second market the app is unavailable since India blocked several Chinese apps.
在香港推出新的安全法后,短视频应用“抖音”宣布将停止在香港的运营。这使香港成为继印度屏蔽了数款中国应用程序之后,第二个无法使用抖音的市场。

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https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53358669

Douyin uses facial recognition on foreigners
抖音对外国人用户启用面部识别功能

Does Douyin's facial recognition tech block foreigners from livestreams? It might be the case after several foreigners reporting a notice has appeared in the app reminding them it’s not permitted to participate in live broadcasts without permission.
抖音的人脸识别技术会阻止外国人参与直播吗?事实是有可能如此,经几名外国用户举报,他们的抖音上出现了一则通知,提醒他们未经允许不得参与直播。

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https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3963271

Storytelling app Kuaidian closes major financing round
对话小说型应用程序“快点”完成重大融资

Kuaidian, the Chinese storytelling app using a dialogue-based, text-message reading format, has just closed $100 million in a Series C round of financing led by Sequoia Capital China. Will this be the next big social media app?
“快点”是一款中国基于对话以及文本信息阅读格式的讲故事应用。这款程序刚刚在红杉资本中国(Sequoia Capital China)牵头的C轮融资中完成了1亿美元的融资。它会成为下一个大型社交媒体应用程序吗?

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https://www.caixinglobal.com/2020-07-08/sequoia-china-leads-nearly-100m-round-in-storytelling-app-kuaidian-101577055.html