China’s Douyin App Takes Down Bitcoin Price Ticker Hours After It Went Live

Bitcoin prices showing up on Douyin seemed to be an indication that Beijing maybe warming up to crypto. However, the ticker being taken down immediately afterwards suggests otherwise.

AccessTimeIconApr 11, 2023 at 6:15 a.m. UTC
Updated Apr 11, 2023 at 2:28 p.m. UTC
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Douyin, China’s version of TikTok, has taken down the bitcoin (BTC) price ticker a few hours after it went live on the app. Users searching for bitcoin prices were greeted with a warning on digital asset investment, according to local media reports.

Given that social media in China is tightly controlled, bitcoin prices showing up on Douyin seemed to be an indication that Beijing may be warming up to crypto. However, the ticker being taken down immediately afterwards suggests otherwise. Douyin is the most downloaded short video-sharing platform in China, with 700 million daily active users.

The adding of the bitcoin price ticker seemed to coincide with Hong Kong opening its door to crypto and China’s state-owned banks reportedly soliciting business from crypto firms, even though opening an account with one remains a challenge.

"Cryptocurrency platforms are part of the whole Web3 ecosystem and we are very supportive of the development of the whole Internet ecosystem," Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Chief Executive Officer Leung Fung-yee said recently during the question-and-answer session at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2023. “These virtual currency platforms must protect the safety of all investors from the perspective of investor protection.”

Paul Chan, Hong Kong’s financial secretary also shared this supportive sentiment in a recent blog post.

“In order for Web3 to steadily take the road of innovative development, we will adopt a strategy that emphasizes both ‘proper regulation’ and ‘promoting development,’” he wrote. “In terms of proper supervision, in addition to ensuring financial security and preventing systemic risks, we will also do a good job in investor education and protection, and anti-money laundering.”

This week the city is hosting the Hong Kong Web3 Festival which expects more than 10,000 attendees and 300 speakers. Earlier Tuesday, the price of bitcoin broke through $30,000, a first since June 2022.

UPDATE (April 11, 2023, 12:21 UTC): Rewrites headline and lead with reports of the price ticker being take down. Updates second paragraph.

Edited by Sam Reynolds.


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