Tag Archives: TikTok

Meta Subpoenas Rivals In Search Of Trade Secrets

Bloomberg News reports: To defend itself against the federal government, Meta Platforms Inc. says it needs its rivals to divulge some of their most closely held secrets. Facebook’s parent company has so far subpoenaed 132 companies for documents, including Snap Inc., ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok and the audio startup Clubhouse, and has warned that it may seek information from 100 more. …

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Fetterman Takes Oz Trolling To New TikTok Account

The Verge reports: Democratic Senate hopeful John Fetterman’s campaign to troll Republican opponent Dr. Mehmet Oz into defeat has dominated Facebook and Twitter over the last few weeks. But on Thursday, the campaign announced it is launching an official TikTok account to expand the reach of its already viral videos. The campaign formally launched the TikTok account with a video …

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Facebook Remakes App To Copy TikTok’s Algorithm

Axios reports: Facebook wants to shape your online life around the algorithmically-sorted preferences of millions of strangers around the globe. That’s how TikTok sorts the videos it shows users, and that’s largely how Facebook will now organize its home screen. The dominant player in social media is transforming itself into a kind of digital mass media, in which the reactions …

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FCC Commissioner Pushes App Stores To Axe TikTok

CNBC reports: A leader of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said he has asked Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores over China-related data security concerns. The wildly popular short video app is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, which faced U.S. scrutiny under President Donald Trump. Brendan Carr, one of the FCC’s commissioners, shared via Twitter a …

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Russia Fines Meta And TikTok For “LGBT Propaganda”

Today Online reports: A Russian court on Tuesday (April 26) hit Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta and video platform TikTok with fines for refusing to take down LBGT content. In separate hearings, a Moscow court ordered Meta to pay four million rubles (S$74,000) and TikTok 2 million rubles for failing to delete content with LGBT “propaganda”, news agency Interfax …

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Facebook Paid GOP Firm To Plant Anti-TikTok Articles

The Washington Post reports: Facebook parent company Meta is paying one of the biggest Republican consulting firms in the country to orchestrate a nationwide campaign seeking to turn the public against TikTok. The campaign includes placing op-eds and letters to the editor in major regional news outlets, promoting dubious stories about alleged TikTok trends that actually originated on Facebook, and …

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TikTok, Netflix, And Amex Halt Operations In Russia

CNN Business reports: American Express is the latest credit card company to announce it is ending its operations in Russia as its invasion into Ukraine escalates. Late on Sunday, the company said in a statement that globally issued American Express cards will no longer work in Russia, and cards issued in Russia won’t work outside the country. American Express also …

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Christian School Teacher Fired Over Anti-Asian Rant

The Kansas City Star reports: A teacher was caught making racist remarks to an Asian couple in California, a TikTok video shows. Now she has been fired from her job at a Christian school in Temecula, the school said. And her husband, a city worker for Coronado, has been placed on leave, according to a statement from the Coronado city …

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TikTok Teens Spam Virginia’s Anti-Teacher Snitch Line

NBC News reports: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin clearly thought a tip line (read: snitch line) that would allow conservative parents to rat out educators accused of teaching critical race theory would go over well. In light of recent news, I have to agree. After Youngkin on Monday announced a new email address for parents to send in their complaints, zealous …

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TikTok Bans Cultist Judicial Watch Head Tom Fitton

The Daily Beast reports: Right-wing pundit and Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton has been banned from TikTok, the short video-sharing platform. He now joins the likes of fellow right-wing activist Roger Stone, who was also banned last year. “This account was banned due to multiple Community Guidelines violations,” a notice reads on Fitton’s now blank user profile. “Well, the communists …

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TikTok Dethrones Google For Highest Traffic In 2021

Protocol reports: TikTok has dethroned Google as the most popular domain in 2021, according to Cloudflare’s 2021 Year in Review for internet traffic. In 2020, the video-sharing platform was ranked No. 7 while Google came in at No. 1. This year, TikTok came in first, followed by Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple, in that order Read the full article. TikTok …

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TikTok Alters Algorithm To Prevent “Content Holes”

The Verge reports: TikTok is changing its For You Page algorithm to prevent users from seeing too many similar videos that could be harmful when viewed in clusters, the company said today. The goal is to steer users away from clusters of videos that might “reinforce a negative personal experience,” listing extreme dieting, sadness, and breakup content as examples. Read …

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National Retailers Launch “As Seen On TikTok” Sections

The Associated Press reports: TikTok, an app best known for dancing videos with 1 billion users worldwide, has also become a shopping phenomenon. National chains, hoping to get TikTok’s mostly young users into its stores, are setting up TikTok sections, reminiscent of “As Seen On TV” stores that sold products hawked on infomercials. At Barnes & Noble, tables display signs …

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DHS: Extremists Used TikTok To Push Violence At Riot

Politico reports: Federal officials warned law enforcement agencies this spring that domestic extremists had used TikTok in the lead-up to the Jan. 6 riots on the Capitol, including by promoting bringing guns to Washington that day, according to an internal government document — highlighting authorities’ growing concern over violent content on the video app. In the April 19 briefing reviewed …

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TikTokers Spam Texas Abortion Snitch Line With Porn

The Guardian reports: Pro-choice users on TikTok and Reddit have launched a guerrilla effort to thwart Texas’s extreme new abortion law, flooding an online tip website that encourages people to report violators of the law with false reports, Shrek memes, and porn. Though the site was launched a month ago, the fake reports came flooding in on the eve of …

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Anthony Fauci Takes COVID Vaccination Push To TikTok

CNN reports: There’s a new TikTok star, and his name is Dr. Anthony Fauci. “Tell all of your TikTok buddies to get vaccinated,” Fauci said this week in a video posted on TikTok by Nia Sioux, the social media and former “Dance Moms” star. “I will, I’ll tell all my besties,” Sioux replied. In the latest push from the White …

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TikTok Sex Fetish Demo Ends In 911 Call [VIDEO]

Michigan Live reports: A 27-year-old Ann Arbor woman who teaches social media followers how to do sex acts and fetishes had to call firefighters for help after a sex stunt went wrong Tuesday, June 9. Being stuck was the sexual fetish the woman was trying to demonstrate on social media, but this time she couldn’t get unstuck on her own. …

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Biden Signs Order Revoking Trump’s Ban On TikTok

The Verge reports: President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday revoking the Trump-era bans on TikTok and WeChat. In place of the Trump order, Biden will direct the commerce secretary to investigate apps with ties to foreign adversaries that may pose a risk to American data privacy or national security. The order takes the place of a series of …

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Security Researchers: No Threat To US From TikTok

The Daily Beast reports: A team of cybersecurity researchers who analyzed TikTok’s code found no evidence of “overtly malicious behavior”—and determined the app collects about as much user data as Facebook.  Citizen Lab cautioned that there may still be security issues that didn’t crop up during the analysis, but they remain unaware of any “immediate security issues with TikTok.”  The …

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TikTok’s Forced Sale To Oracle Shelved Indefinitely

The Wall Street Journal reports: A U.S. plan to force the sale of TikTok’s American operations to a group including Oracle Corp.and Walmart Inc. has been shelved indefinitely, people familiar with the situation said, as President Biden undertakes a broad review of his predecessor’s efforts to address potential security risks from Chinese tech companies. The TikTok deal—which had been driven …

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