ByteDance Valuation Down a Quarter in 12 Months; BeReal Explores Paid Features to Sidestep Ads

In today's ExchangeWire news digest: TikTok owner ByteDance sees its valuation drop by a quarter in 12 months; BeReal disregards ads in favour of paid in-app features; and Shopee slashes jobs once again as revenue wilts.


ByteDance value slips to USD$300bn

TikTok owner ByteDance has seen its valuation plummet by 25% over the past year. Based on its latest share buy-back, the Beijing headquartered company is now valued at USD$300bn (£263bn), a drop from its peak of USD$400bn (£350bn) last year.

According to The South China Morning Post, a shareholder meeting has been set for later this month to vote on proposals to repurchase shares, in addition to a plan to reinvigorate the firm’s authorised share capital.


BeReal considers monetisation alternatives to ads

Photo-sharing app BeReal is reportedly contemplating adding in-app payment monetisation features instead of ads. According to The Financial Times, execs at the French startup are keen to avoid following in the footsteps of social media giants such as Instagram, which incorporates ads into the platform’s content.

The app, which emphasises catching photographs authentic to a moment in time and without the addition of filters, has surged in popularity over across Europe and the US, rising to 15 million active daily users over 12 months.


Shopee cuts jobs yet again as revenue slows

Singapore’s Shopee has once again cut back on its workforce as the company experiences increasing losses and struggling revenue growth. The redundancies, which were announced on Monday (19th September) are “part of our ongoing efforts to optimise operating efficiency with the goal of achieving self-sufficiency across our business,” according to a Shopee spokesperson.

This latest round of job cuts follow Shopee’s parent company, Sea, reporting a net loss of USD$931m (£816m) in Q2 2022, more than double its loss for the same period in 2021.


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Is the Metaverse really, as Mark Zuckerberg described it, "the next chapter of the internet"?

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Fact of the Day

1.5 billion - TikTok's active monthly users as of August 2022.

Source: DMR


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