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February 4 19:30

Byte video app surpasses a million downloads content concerns

New short video-clip application Byte, thought by some as Vine's successor, is on course for a solid launch undeterred by some initial problems.
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The application, created by Vine’s co-founder Dom Hofmann, reincarnates the six-second-video format made famous by the platform. As indicated by new information from Sensor Tower, Byte's launch has been generally welcomed as shown by over 1.3 million downloads during its first week of operation alone.

New short videoclip application Byte, thought by some as Vine's successor, is on course for a solid launch undeterred by some initial problems. The application, created by Vine’s co-founder Dom Hofmann, reincarnates the six-second-video format made famous by the platform. Vine stopped operating towards the end of 2016 after Twitter acquired the mainstream video-sharing site. As indicated by new information from Sensor Tower, Byte's launch has been generally welcomed as shown by over 1.3 million downloads during its first week of operation alone.
Over 900 thousand US users installed the app, which made up 70 percent of the downloads, as the report detailed further. While Great Britain and Canada made up 7% and 6% of downloads, respectively. Most of the Byte downloads were made through the Apple App Store, with 950 thousand made on the iOS, contrasted with 350 thousand on the Android platform.
App Annie's numbers varied slightly, but also confirmed that Byte surpassed 1 million downloads on Sunday via iOS and Android combined.
Sensor Tower's fresh report analyzes Byte's figures and contrasts them with Vine's launch in January of 2013, which just reported 775,000 downloads during its first week on the iOS. Be that as it may, these figures don't automatically mean that Byte is destined to be a considerably more popular application than its forerunner.
Some important points need to be considered when comparing the two applications. For one, the industry has grown throughout the years and now has more consumers and more gadgets. In 2016, only 2.5 billion people worldwide had cell phones. Presently that number tops 3.5 billion. Furthermore, Vine propelled as an obscure startup into a market that had yet to see the short-video format. Whereas Byte not just stands to benefit from its relationship with Vine, it also launched at a period when video clips are known throughout the world thanks to Vine's popularity as well as the massive TikTok app, which boasts the title of the No. 4 most-downloaded application of 2019.
Even though Byte saw solid launch numbers, the debut was not entirely unsullied.
The application promptly observed a huge influx of spam as bots flooded comment sections with follow request (and follow for follows), including requests from pornbots. Byte's initial adopters also began quickly taking up desired usernames, such as names of actual people and celebrities. The startup immediately recognized the issue and assured everyone that a cleanup was in progress.
The issues didn’t stop there, however. Byte was first added to app stores with a 12+ age rating, yet was promptly loaded up with non-child-friendly humor from users that were clearly underage. Byte's “popular” was quickly filled with recordings of penis jokes and similar humor, and faux pas content including offensive jokes about child abuse and those aimed at people suffering from the coronavirus.
Given the volume of adult humor, Byte's absence of an age-gate and the application's 12+ rating was worrisome. The company quickly switched to a 17+ over the weekend, and the aforementioned content no longer shows up. With the updated age rating, it appears that Byte may now be aware of some of its risky content. The app now features a curated Spotlight feed at its landing page, with significantly improved content filters.
Another potential concern was that a ton of the posted content rehashed from somewhere else — there were clips from YouTube, FunnyorDie, mainstream TV, and even TikTok – logo included.
On Friday, Byte presented the underlying subtleties on its Partner Program, touting the potential for income that other platforms don't offer.
TikTok, by comparison, hasn't exactly made sense of how to adapt to the market — its application has seen 1.65 billion downloads to date, however the company netted only US$176.9 million last year. Nonetheless, TikTok's top users are making names for themselves that permit them to develop their image in unique ways, including guiding viewers to other social media channels like YouTube and Instagram.