Periscope-like app soars on Chinese social media

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Chinese web users are talking about and downloading a new live video-streaming app in huge numbers.

Yizhibo – or Yi as it is nicknamed – offers a domestic answer to the popular US video service Periscope, which is blocked in mainland China.

Live-streaming video apps have become increasingly popular in China, despite government sensitivity over “improper” usage.

BBC Monitoring looks at how Yi is likely to fit in the tightly controlled Chinese social media landscape.