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Would TikTok agree that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?INTL

Would TikTok agree that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

Where’s the originality in tech these days? Following a ban on Clubhouse by the Chinese government, TikTok owner ByteDance is reportedly building its own audio chat room app; though, according to people familiar with the matter, it’s still in the early stages.

Clubhouse was banned in China on February 8 after users were found discussing sensitive issues restricted by the government — talk about hefty detention! In fact, the ban sparked the release of dozens of similar apps in the country.

ByteDance isn’t the only tech company guilty of imitating popular tech trends. Netflix (NFLX) announced its plans to launch a TikTok clone. “Fast Laughs” will feature vertically displayed funny clips that range from 15 to 60 seconds in length. Perhaps the new feature will offer a fun distraction for people who find themselves struggling to decide on which show or movie to watch next.

why it matters
Imitating has become a trend itself in the world of tech these days. While there will always be opportunities for fresh ideas, it seems like the efforts of the industry's biggest players are focused on refining existing ideas rather than coming up with their own.