ByteDance’s Toutiao said China had ordered it to suspend new registrations after September.

ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, has blocked the registration of new users and content creators of Chinese news aggregator Jinri Toutiao at the request of the regulator, people familiar with the matter. Says.

The suspension of new registration has not been reported so far. Some content creators have stated on social media that they were unable to sign up for a new account in Toutiao today.

The reason for the obstruction could not be immediately identified. Toutiao today The app can still be downloaded and existing users can use it.

ByteDance I declined to comment. Due to the confidentiality of the issue, the source was rejected.

The China Cyberspace Administration (CAC) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which oversee the operation of Toutiao today, did not respond to requests for comment.

China has curbed a large, once bohemian “platform economy” over concerns ranging from content adequacy to anti-competitive behavior and increasingly data security.

Earlier this month CAC Announced probe To the dispatch company DidiCiting cybersecurity and national security concerns, a few days after being released on the sale of $ 4.4 billion in New York shares, new user registration was banned, upsetting the industry and investors. ..

Regulators have followed up on removing Didi and its related apps from the Chinese app store.

Toutiao is ByteDance’s second-largest source of advertising revenue in China, after Douyin, Reuters reports, accounting for about 20% of last year’s domestic sales, or about 36 billion yuan (about 41,510 rupees). I will. ByteDance earned a total revenue of $ 34.3 billion last year.

When I try to sign up for Toutiao, a new user sees the message “The system is currently under maintenance. Registration is temporarily unavailable.” New content creators will receive a similar message.

Jinri Toutiao, which means “headline of the day” in Chinese, uses an artificial intelligence-driven recommender system to provide a personalized news feed.

This is not the first time a news aggregator has been punished by authorities. In 2018, Chinese regulators ordered the app store to remove Toutiao for three weeks because of “vulgar content.”

ByteDance, valued at $ 300 billion in recent private sector transactions, earlier this year Tik Tok According to sources, the Chinese version of Douyin in Hong Kong. In April, ByteDance said there were no imminent plans to list itself.

In 2018, ByteDance’s joke app Neihan Duanzi was completely shut down as the country’s broadcast watchdog hosted “vulgar” and “inappropriate” content that caused “strong resentment among users.” It was.

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