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China tech

Tencent-backed Kuaishou ups game with new video app

Half of its users are also on rival platform Douyin

Video-streaming app Kuaishou pictured on a mobile phone    © Reuters

BEIJING -- China's second-largest short-video service Kuaishou is finetuning its new app Taizan aimed at a young audience as it gears up to compete with its main rival ByteDance which owns Douyin.

Taizan, released a week ago, is a platform for short videos that recommends Kuaishou's popular clips that allow users to tag others and make comments. Citing people close to the matter, local media TechPlanet wrote that more functions, including the ability to upload user-generated content and direct messaging, could be added to the app.

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