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Do you use TikTok? The answer doesn't really matter, because whether you do or don't, TikTok is enjoying enormous growth in viewership. Or put another way, it has "upended the streaming and social landscape" and surpassed YouTube in both the United States and United Kingdom in viewership, in terms of the average monthly time per user, according to a new report. It's hard to believe, but TikTok is already five years old—a virtually eternity in the fast-moving and ever-evolving tech space, and particularly social media. Owned by Chinese company ByteDance, TikTok is a video sharing app that, speaking from experience, can drain your time if you get caught up watching one video after the next.... Read more...
The social media market is constantly shifting and evolving, with new players entering the ring almost daily, it seems. However, just because you have been in the ring for a while does not mean you are at the head of the pack, as newcomer TikTok from ByteDance has now shown. The popular app has hit three billion downloads worldwide, a number Facebook and others have only recently hit after years on the market. As reported by SensorTower data, TikTok was “was the most downloaded and highest grossing non-game app globally in the first half of 2021, reaching nearly 383 million first-time installs and an estimated $919.2 million in consumer spending.” Though downloads have been on a slump... Read more...
TikTok is one of the most popular apps in the United States right now after it effectively replaced Vine for quick content and entertainment. However, their track record has been mired by lapses in user privacy and contention with the U.S Government. Now, it seems some of those early accusations and concerns were founded as TikTok has now updated its privacy policy to include the collection of new types of biometric data such as “faceprints and voiceprints,” whatever that may mean or be used for. On Thursday, TechCrunch spotted a change in its U.S privacy policy that explains that the social media app “may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information” from its... Read more...
Its widely understood that Google will collect data about people to customize and better-target ads for each person with a Google account. What you may not have realized is that the data gathered about you for tailoring ads is also only a Google search away, and you too can see what Google thinks it knows about you. A few days ago, TikTok user @yorgoandlea posted a video that has since amassed thousands of comments and hundreds of thousands of views. In the short video, she showed that all you need to do, to see what Google knows about your internet-connected travels and search activity, is perform a simple Google search for the text string “ads settings google.” The search will... Read more...
It looks as though the Trump administration is going nuclear on TikTok, and WeChat has been dragged into the mix as well. The U.S. Commerce Department has issued an order that goes into effect September 20th that will effectively ban anyone in the United States from downloading either app. The order [PDF], which was issued this morning, states, “Pursuant to Executive Order 13942, any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd. (a.k.a. Zìjié Tiàodòng), Beijing, China, or its subsidiaries, including TikTok Inc., in which any such company has any interest, as identified... Read more...
Rumors of a TikTok buyout have been floating around for a while now, with Microsoft, Oracle, and Twitter all vying for a piece of the red hot social media pie. Now, Walmart is entering the ring, reportedly joining Microsoft in a potential buyout of the U.S. arm of TikTok. However, all of this buyout talk is just starting to get flat-out weird. At first, Oracle completely came out of left field, and now Walmart follows suit. In a statement to CNBC, Walmart confirmed it is in talks with Microsoft about a potential TikTok deal. Of course, the general-store giant would also be interested in making a purchase no matter what happens with Microsoft, it seems. A Walmart-owned TikTok, however, would not... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, is raising concerns about his social competitor, TikTok. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Mr. Zuckerberg has been railing against TikTok in public events and in private to President Trump himself. Last fall, Mr. Zuckerberg went to Washington D.C. to discuss freedom of expression online. Along with this sentiment, he also raised the alarm on Chinese companies, such as TikTok, threatening American interests and beliefs. In a speech to Georgetown students, the Facebook CEO specifically referenced TikTok as a threat and risk. Before this, he made similar arguments in meetings with congresspeople. Around the same time, he also mentioned his opinions of TikTok... Read more...
The Chinese-owned social networking application TikTok has been the center of attention the last several weeks as President Trump has moved to ban the app and force the company to divest its United States operations. Many people sided with TikTok and were upset at President Trump for trying to take action against the social networking app. Now, however, TikTok has been busted for collecting identifiable user data from millions of Android users in direct violation of Google policies. A Wall Street Journal report found that the application was collecting unique identifiers from millions of mobile devices that allow it to track users online without giving users the ability to opt-out. Mobile security... Read more...
TikTok has been under fire by the United States government over fears that it might share the massive amounts of data it collects on Americans with the Chinese government. A new report claims that another significant player in the technology world is now eyeing the purchase of TikTok assets. Twitter is reportedly considering the purchase of TikTok's U.S. operations. Microsoft is the other major player in the technology world reportedly looking at purchasing TikTok. CEO Satya Nadella confirmed last week that Microsoft was in talks for a potential purchase of TikTok operations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Twitter's participation in purchase talks hasn't been confirmed... Read more...
Microsoft has confirmed that CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald Trump have had a conversation about the software giant purchasing popular social networking app TikTok. Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions on exploring the possible purchase of TikTok's U.S operations. The software giant says that it "fully appreciates" the importance of addressing the President's concerns and notes that it is committed to acquiring TikTok. However, Microsoft says that its willingness to purchase the social networking application is subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the U.S. Treasury. The software giant says that it's moving... Read more...
More trouble is brewing for the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok in the United States. President Donald Trump is moving to ban TikTok in the U.S., possibly as early as today. The report also suggests that President Trump is ordering the Chinese owner of TikTok, ByteDance Ltd., to divest its ownership in its U.S. operations. Further, if the latter point is accurate, TikTok could live on under American ownership. Security implications with TikTok in recent months have prompted the United States to investigate potential national security risks posed by the application, in part due to its Chinese ownership. The first reports that Trump was looking to ban TikTok surfaced on Friday. However,... Read more...
Wherever you go in this world, there are some idiotic laws on the books. For example, in Georgia, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket if it is Sunday (seriously, look it up). Not to be outdone, there is a truly baffling law in Malaysia that, if strictly enforced, would require anyone who uploads video to the web (including social media sites) to obtain an expensive license. This applies to both professional outlets and just regular citizens, the both of which are supposed to pay 50,000 MYR (~$11,725 in US currency) for a film license, even if just uploading a video to TikTok or Facebook. Whether the law would actually be enforced on individuals is not clear, but strictly... Read more...
Yesterday, we brought you news that the TikTok app has been doing some shady things behind the scenes with devices running iOS. Following the release of the first iOS 14 beta, it was discovered that TikTok was pinging the system clipboard constantly and pasting that data for its own use. Without the steady stream of pop-up notifications about clipboard access being presented to endusers -- which is a new feature in iOS 14 to help spot any potential privacy violations -- most people wouldn't have even known about TikTok's nefarious behavior, which developer ByteDance said was in place to "identify repetitive, spammy behavior." However, this isn't the first time that the TikTok app has... Read more...
TikTok has taken the world by storm as people of all ages uses the social networking platform to share videos. People use the platform to lip-sync to their favorite songs, perform short skits, or any number of humorous hijinks that the platform has been recognized for over the past year. It’s become a blockbuster app that is especially popular with the young adults. However, users have raised privacy concerns about the app ever since it launched in the United States, with many questioning whether the Chinese government was somehow using the app to spy on Americans. Today, TikTok isn’t doing itself any favors in assuaging those fears after it was found that the app has been accessing... Read more...
Google is channeling its inner Bart Simpson and has a message for TikTok, the insanely popular short-form video service: "Eat my Shorts!" That is not a direct quote, mind you, but is the first thing that came to mind when we found out Google is launching a rival short-form video feature of its own through its YouTube division, called Shorts. It is easy to see why Google would be interested in doing this. TikTok has taken the social media scene storm with 800 million active users worldwide. Collectively in Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store, the TikTok app has been downloaded over 1.5 billion times. And according to data from Influencer Marketing Hub, TikTok has the highest follower engagement... Read more...
TikTok has taken the social media scene by storm with short-form videos from everyday users and celebrities alike. It's mostly lighthearted and fun, but there is also an ugly side to social media, and I'm not talking about the aesthetic appeal of users who participate. That is what TikTok is doing, quite literally, in a directive to its moderators to censor content by people who are "chubby" or "ugly," among other traits, according to The Intercept. In documents viewed by the site, TikTok's higher ups outlined rules for moderators in regards to which types of people should have their content suppressed. Those with an "abnormal body shape" or who have an "obvious beer belly" fell into the censored... Read more...