Duolingo returns to China app stores after a year with local features

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Duolingo, the Nasdaq-listed language learning app, has returned to China’s Apple App Store and Android stores almost a year after it launched. disappeared from the country’s app stores.

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Users in China discovered that the Pittsburgh-based app was unavailable for download last August amid a massive crackdown on education in the country, including restrictions on commercial tutoring after school. At that time, Duolingo said local media that the company “received instructions to strengthen the application’s content compliance mechanism.” The application appeared in China in 2019.

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In recent years, China has been closing legal loopholes in all kinds of applications. Data-intensive services, from video games to live streaming platforms, must implement strict content moderation to maintain a healthy digital environment.

While the main services of American titans such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google have been unavailable in China for a long time, several other foreign technology companies have begun to voluntarily shut down or update their products in the country as Beijing introduced strict new data laws. which led to rising costs of compliance.

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Yahoo, the parent company of TechCrunch, withdrew its services from China at all in November last year. LinkedIn released the chinese version its professional networking platform with limited capabilities. Nike this week said it will replace its running application with a localized solution for China.

The bottom line is that those who still see China as a potentially lucrative market are likely to stay but work to keep up with the country’s changing internet politics. And often this means that the global version of their apps or services will not be compatible with China’s new regulatory environment.

Duolingo is among those who continue to operate in China, adapting their services to the country. Reintroduced app, according to its official social networks mail free to use this week, teaches 41 languages ​​and includes game features. The most notable update is the addition of Cantonese, a language spoken by people in Hong Kong and Macau, as well as by a significant portion of China’s wealthy Guangdong province and the Chinese diaspora around the world.


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