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China’s tech giants are following users back to their small city hometowns

Editor’s note: This article by Rita Liao was originally published by TechNode. It has been re-posted here with permission. “It’s probably the most popular live streaming platform in China at the moment, but also the most vulgar,” writes the user who started the provocative thread with screenshots showing Kwai users eating rats, dancing in skimpy clothes, and other behavior that might be straight-up insane or obscene for the cultivated urbanites. As of now, the question has more than 3.8 million views and over 1,000 replies. Vulgar or not, Kwai has brought the focal point of city elites to the rarely discussed but colossal population living in China’s lower-tier cities and...

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