ByteDance lays off hundreds after China’s tutoring crackdown


Bytedance told employees working on edtech products including Guagua Long, Qingbei and GoGoKid that they will be laid off with compensation, said a source. — Reuters

TikTok-owner ByteDance Ltd has laid off hundreds of employees as the social giant shuts down a significant part of its online education businesses to comply with Beijing’s new regulatory regime for the after-school tutoring industry.

The Beijing-based company told employees working on edtech products including Guagua Long, Qingbei and GoGoKid that they will be laid off with compensation, said a person familiar with the matter. At least hundreds of employees were affected, while others will switch to different products under the ByteDance umbrella, the person said. GoGoKid, a one-on-one English tutoring app similar to Tencent Holdings Ltd-backed VIPKid will shut down completely, while the other two apps shift focus to quality education like coding and art, the person added.

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