WeChat Blocks Douyin Registration as Social Media App Spat Escalates

As from earlier this week, some Chinese netizens are unable to register to popular short-video app Douyin using WeChat, marking the latest twist in a bitter battle between Douyin parent company Bytedance and WeChat owner Tencent.

According to an announcement by Douyin, known as Tiktok internationally, new users have failed to register for accounts on the short-video platform using their WeChat accounts, a registration method that was available until earlier this week. Old users have so far not been affected and can still log in using WeChat.

Tencent was not immediately available for comment.