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56.com (website) logo.png
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Screenshot of 56.com home page
Type of businessPrivate
Type of site
Video sharing
Available inSimplified Chinese
FoundedOctober, 2005[1]
Founder(s)Zhou Juan (周娟), Liang Sheng (梁升), Tan Yi (谭毅)
IndustryWeb 2.0
ServicesSocial network service, Online movie and book database
Alexa rankPositive decrease 2,764 (February 2015)[3]
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Current statusActive

56.com is one of the largest video sharing websites in China, where users can upload, view, and share video clips.

A fully owned subsidiary of Sohu, the company is headquartered in Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong.[4]

The domain 56.com attracted at least 3.2 million visitors annually by 2008 according to a Compete.com survey.[5]

Access to the Chinese online video provider 56.com was suspended since 18:00 on June 3, 2008. 56.com made an explanation at 10:00 on June 4, 16 hours after the website's access was stopped, and said that the website had experienced a server failure and was being repaired, but it did not give a clear time for when the site's services would be fully resumed. Some media, such as Hexun.com and Sina.com, reported that as 56.com had frequently violated relevant government rules with its video content, it had therefore been issued a warning by the government and might be closed for a few days. However, this was denied by 56.com. By July 11, 2008, 56.com was back and operational.[6]

On December 31, 2014, Sohu had reached a deal with compatriot social networking site operator Renren to acquire 56.com. According to a source familiar with the deal, Sohu paid US$25 million for 56.com.[7]

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  1. ^ "Video Sharing Site 56.com Reportedly Receives $10 Million in Venture Funding" Archived 2008-02-18 at the Wayback Machine, RedlineChina, June 15, 2007.
  2. ^ "56.com - Site Information from Alexa", Alexa, June 24, 2008.
  3. ^ "56.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2015-02-17.
  4. ^ "Contact us". Official website of 56.com (in Chinese). Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Chinese YouTube 56.com Returns To Living", Silicon Alley Insider, July 11, 2008.
  7. ^ "搜狐正式宣布收购56网_科技_腾讯网". tech.qq.com. Retrieved 2015-10-16.

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