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Policy, State & Local

South Dakota governor bans TikTok on state devices

November 29, 2022

Via: StateScoop

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday signed an executive order prohibiting state workers from using TikTok on government-issued devices, saying that the video-sharing platform’s ownership by a Chinese parent company makes it a “growing national security threat.” The order, […]


Federal, Policy

Senators join calls for US TikTok ban as Biden administration considers deal

November 21, 2022

Via: TechSpot

Senate Intelligence Committee chair Mark Warner warned of the dangers posed by TikTok, which has over 138 million active users in the US, calling it an “enormous threat.” The Virginia Democrat backed Donald Trump’s moves to prohibit the app in […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

TikTok under US government investigation over child sexual abuse material

April 15, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

TikTok is under investigation by US government agencies over its handling of child sexual abuse material, as the burgeoning short-form video app struggles to moderate a flood of new content. Dealing with sexual predators has been an enduring challenge for […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says trying to buy TikTok was the ‘strangest thing’ he’s ever worked on

September 28, 2021

Via: TechSpot

Last year, ByteDance was ordered by then-US President Donald Trump to separate TikTok from its Chinese operations, or else face a country-wide ban. Following a national security review by the US Committee on Foreign Investments, the company was forced to […]


Cybersecurity

Senators challenge TikTok’s ‘alarming’ plan to collect users’ voice and face biometrics

August 19, 2021

Via: Tech Crunch

TikTok’s plans to collect biometric identifiers from its users has prompted concern among U.S. lawmakers, who are demanding the company reveal exactly what information it collects and what it plans to do with that data. In a letter sent earlier […]


Federal, Policy

US drops Trump order targeting TikTok, plans its own review

June 9, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

The White House dropped Trump-era executive orders that attempted to ban the popular apps TikTok and WeChat and will conduct its own review aimed at identifying national security risks with software applications tied to China, officials said Wednesday. A new […]


Cybersecurity

TikTok hit with consumer, child safety and privacy complaints in Europe

February 16, 2021

Via: Tech Crunch

TikTok is facing a fresh round of regulatory complaints in Europe where consumer protection groups have filed a series of coordinated complaints alleging multiple breaches of EU law. The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has lodged a complaint against the video […]


Uncategorized

Daily Crunch: TikTok becomes a political battleground in Russia

February 12, 2021

Via: Tech Crunch

We take an in-depth look at TikTok usage in Russia, Facebook’s Oversight Board looks beyond Facebook and Sesame Workshop backs an edtech fund. This is your Daily Crunch for February 11, 2021. The big story: TikTok becomes a political battleground […]


Cybersecurity

Government censorship threats over TikTok spiked interest in VPNs

February 8, 2021

Via: ZDnet

TikTok, the video-sharing social network, drove a lot of interest from consumers last year. It also piqued their interest in Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), according to new research. The research by Brooklyn, NY-based security advisors Security.org found that interest in […]


Uncategorized

TikTok banned Trump before Trump could ban TikTok

January 11, 2021

Via: Fortune

For months, U.S. President Donald Trump has tried to ban TikTok, the wildly popular short-video app owned by Chinese technology company ByteDance, on the grounds that the app’s Chinese ownership poses a national security threat. U.S. officials claim that TikTok […]


Uncategorized

Yubo could be the next big social app as it raises $47.5 million

November 18, 2020

Via: Tech Crunch

French startup Yubo is the biggest social media app you’ve never heard of — unless you’re a teen. With a focus on young people under 25, the company has managed to attract 40 million users. A fraction of them hang […]


Federal, Policy

The U.S. government sends mixed messages about TikTok’s future

November 13, 2020

Via: Tech Crunch

The fate of TikTok in the United States got even more confusing this week. The U.S. Justice and Commerce Departments sent conflicting messages today about TikTok’s future, which is now up in the air with the upcoming administration transition. The […]


Federal, Policy

ByteDance asks federal appeals court to vacate U.S. order forcing it to sell TikTok

November 11, 2020

Via: Tech Crunch

In a new filing, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance asked the federal appeals court to vacate the United States government order forcing it to sell the app’s American operations. President Donald Trump issued an order in August requiring ByteDance to sell […]


Federal, Policy

Judge blocks Trump’s order to ban TikTok

September 28, 2020

Via: BGR

TikTok continues to remain available for download on iPhone and Android, as a judge blocked on Sunday the Trump administration’s executive order that would have forced Apple and Google to remove the app from their app stores. This would have […]


Federal, Policy

TikTok files for injunction against upcoming Trump ban

September 24, 2020

Via: TechSpot

The saga began back in August when Donald Trump signed a pair of executive orders that gave US businesses 45 days to stop any transactions with WeChat and ByteDance—ostensibly over security concerns—leaving the latter with little option but to sell […]


Uncategorized

The Trump administration’s TikTok policy is incoherent

September 21, 2020

Via: Fortune

People in China know how to read web sites and use email services banned in the country. They use a technology called a virtual private network, which masks their location. It’s a fact of life in China, one of the […]


Federal, Policy

Trump admin orders TikTok, WeChat gone from app stores on Sunday

September 18, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

Consumers inside the US will no longer be allowed to download TikTok or WeChat from any US app store after Sunday, the Trump administration announced today. Any “provision of service to distribute or maintain” the mobile applications or their “constituent […]


Cybersecurity, Federal, Policy

Politics surrounding TikTok’s future in the U.S. pollute valid data security concerns, expert says

September 17, 2020

Via: CNBC

SINGAPORE — The politics surrounding the future of TikTok’s operations in the United States could undermine the need for better understanding and assurances when it comes to protecting user data, a security expert said Thursday. Beijing-based ByteDance, which owns the […]


Uncategorized

Will Oracle’s reported TikTok deal satisfy Trump?

September 14, 2020

Via: Fortune

The TikTok conundrum may be about to be solved—or not. Here’s what can be said for certain at the time of writing. According to multiple outlets, Oracle is the “winning bidder” for a deal with TikTok owner ByteDance, regarding the […]


Federal, Policy

Trump vows not to extend TikTok deadline beyond September 15

September 11, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, is facing a looming September 15 deadline to sell its US operations or have them shut down by the Trump administration. On Thursday evening, President Trump told reporters that the deadline wouldn’t be […]