Beijing's Cultural Watchdog Fines Tiktok Maker USD67,000
Zhang Jian|Zhang Yushuo
/SOURCE : yicai
Beijing's Cultural Watchdog Fines Tiktok Maker USD67,000

(Yicai Global) Jan. 4 -- Beijing's cultural regulator has fined Bytedance Technology, the firm behind short video app Tiktok, a total CNY460,500 (USD67,000) for eight separate violations.

Most of the fines were for incidents in October and November last year, according to the website of the Beijing Municipal Cultural Market Administrative Law Enforcement Unit.

The Beijing-based firm's biggest penalty was CNY99,000 (USD14,400). Four of the violations were piracy related, with the remaining fines dished out for disseminating prohibited content, engaging in online audio-visual services without authorization, engaging in online publishing services without approval and publishing and distributing content prohibited by the national Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The punishment came on top of a CNY300,000 fine issued by the Beijing Administration for Industry and Commerce, which punished Bytedance in November for illegally advertising healthcare products and other non-prescription drugs through its apps, which also include news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, or Today's Headlines.

Bytedance's advertising penalties were for a practice known as 'double jumping,' in which ads link unwitting users to unaffiliated sites or stores from within a mobile app. The firm was exposed for using the tactic in March last year.

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Keywords: Bytedance , Tiktok , Jinri Toutiao , Ad Fraud