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Bytedance and the ‘Honour of Kings’ content ban
What: Bytedance is fighting back against a recent court injunction which banned content related to Tencent’s mobile title “Honour of Kings” from the company’s Jinri Toutiao content aggregator app, according to a statement released on the platform.

The ban: Issued on May 30 by a court in Chongqing, the injunction was a preliminary move that banned all pre-recorded videos with “Honour of Kings” in their titles from Jinri Toutiao, save for those from five specified users, including the game’s official accounts.

Accusations: Bytedance called the court’s actions severely flawed since it had issued the injunction solely at Tencent’s request, without carrying out an inquiry or notifying them beforehand. The court is also accused of unlawfully expanding the scale of the ban. While Tencent had requested that Jinri Toutiao remove all unauthorized videos containing “Honour of Kings” gameplay footage, the injunction required the platform to delete all videos with “Honour of Kings” in their title, even if the content was unrelated to the game. In the statement, Bytedance urged the authorities to investigate the court’s actions.

Piling up: This is the ninth ban in seven months in which Tencent has requested removal of content related to their games from Bytedance apps—with six of the nine lawsuits filed in May alone. The cases cover some of the most popular titles in China, including “League of Legends” and “CrossFire.”

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