Joe Rogan explains why TikTok in China is ‘higher’ than the US
Joe Rogan believes Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, is “better” than the US version, stating that the community and limitations “encourage success” compared to the Western app.
Rogan isn’t the biggest fan of social media. In January 2021, the podcast host and comedian admitted he was concerned about censorship, explaining that it “sets a precedent where those in power can decide something is wrong.”
A year earlier, in January 2020, he specifically referred to TikTok as a “cyber threat.” However, he believes the Chinese version of the app and the way it is used is much “better” than its US counterpart.
tick tockThe Chinese version of TikTok is called Douyin.
“The way China is dealing with this is so different from America,” Rogan said. “China’s version of TikTok celebrates academic and sporting success. They are all science projects. All these different fascinating things.”
What he thinks makes him even more impressive is the fact that he has a “youth mode”. It’s a feature that prevents anyone under the age of 14 from using the app for more than 40 minutes a day, and the cut-off time is 10pm.
He believes this is a good thing. “You’re trying to encourage achievement, right? They do all these things with this idea of creating a society with more accomplished and successful people.”
In contrast, he complained about how it is used in the United States. “What are we doing on TikTok?” he scoffed. “Kids dance the fuck. They yell about veganism and how blue their hair is. It’s wild.”
Rogan isn’t a fan of how TikTok is used in the US. So he’s probably out of the loop when it comes to who the most followed stars are.
However, he is far more enthusiastic about YouTube. He praised MrBeast for putting on a “great show” and claimed that his approach to creating content centered around high-stakes challenges and philanthropy was “smart”.