China's Bytedance seals the popular Lip Sync platform Musical.ly to merge it with the TikTok video app

Musical.ly was no longer available since Thursday, as Bytedance will move users to a renewed version of the TikTok short-form video platform. In the photo are their combined logos

The popular lip synchronization app Musical.ly is merging with local competitor TikTok.

The move was announced by Chinese Internet giant Bytedance, which acquired Musical.ly for nearly $ 1 billion in December.

Musical.ly was no longer available since Thursday, as Bytedance will move users to a renewed version of the TikTok short-form video platform.

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Musical.ly was no longer available since Thursday, as Bytedance will move users to a renewed version of the TikTok short-form video platform. In the photo are their combined logos

Musical.ly was no longer available since Thursday, as Bytedance will move users to a renewed version of the TikTok short-form video platform. In the photo are their combined logos

Like Musical.ly, TikTok also allows users to create and share short videos of singing and dancing that are set in familiar songs.

Although both applications were developed in China, Musical.ly became a sensation among teenagers from America and Europe, while TikTok took off among young people in Asia.

Before being acquired by Bytedance, Musical.ly had tried to expand its reach by introducing more features in social media and by announcing content partnerships with NBCUniversal, Hearst and Viacom, among others.

Musical.ly recently reached 100 million monthly active users, according to a press release seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

TikTok promoted 500 million monthly active users in June.

"The musical combination.ly with TikTok fits perfectly given the shared mission of both experiences: creating a community where everyone can be a creator," said Alex Zhu, co-founder of musical.ly and senior vice president of TikTok. Press release.

Like Musical.ly, TikTok also allows users to create and share short videos of singing and dancing that are set in familiar songs.

Like Musical.ly, TikTok also allows users to create and share short videos of singing and dancing that are set in familiar songs.

TikTok promoted 500 million monthly active users in June

TikTok promoted 500 million monthly active users in June

Like Musical.ly, TikTok also allows users to create and share short videos of singing and dancing that are set in familiar songs. TikTok promoted 500 million monthly active users in June

Bytedance has gone through the success of Toutiao, a news aggregation application, to become one of the most valued startups in China's hot-wire technology sector.

But the company has faced increasing scrutiny from China's Internet censors, with Toutiao temporarily removed from app stores for a cleanup in April, while a separate joke application was permanently shut down.

Tik Tok had also been temporarily banned in Indonesia for inappropriate content. It maintains a separate application for China, known as Douyin.

The new application will allow users to access new country content and viewing options that were only available in one of the applications, the company said in the statement.

Among the new features is an alert for when users spent more than two hours in the application, which is similar to an option that social networking giant Facebook presented on Wednesday.

The new application will allow users to access content from new countries and viewing options that were only available in one of the applications.

The new application will allow users to access content from new countries and viewing options that were only available in one of the applications.

It will also notify users how often they use the application

It will also notify users how often they use the application

The new application will allow users to access content from new countries and viewing options that were only available in one of the applications. It will also notify users how often they use the application

The press release says that the accounts and content of existing users will be moved to the new TikTok application, which is expected to be available in the app stores on Wednesday night.

Bytedance said in November that the acquisition of Musical.ly would help its users and advertisers access new markets.

Last month, Musical.ly closed Live.ly, a live streaming application that had developed before the acquisition. The company told users to try LiveMe, a rival application in which Bytedance is an investor.

WHAT IS LIVE.LY?

Live.ly, a popular live streaming application, was launched last year by the Music.ly video sharing application.

Musical.ly focuses on music while Live.ly gives users free domain over what they want to share and followers can comment in real time.

The Shanghai-based social network has more than 150 million global users and the company is now worth more than $ 500 million (£ 393 million).

Musical.ly allows users to create 15-second video clips to accompany their favorite songs and share them online.

Most children use the app to film themselves by synchronizing their lips to mark successes.

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