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Second US judge blocks Trump’s TikTok ban

Second US judge blocks Trump’s TikTok ban

A second US federal judge has suspended a Trump administration executive order threatening to ban TikTok in the United States. The preliminary injunction granted late Monday by judge Carl Nichols in a district court in Washington DC comes more than a month after a similar decision in Pennsylvania. Nichols said TikTok’s lawyers had demonstrated that […]
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Trump sets September 15 deadline for TikTok sale

Trump sets September 15 deadline for TikTok sale

United States President, Donald Trump, said Monday that popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok would be “out of business” in the United States if it did not sell its US operations by September 15, preferably to an American buyer. “I set a date of around September 15, at which point it’s going to be out of […]

US vs China: Trump says will ban TikTok in America

US vs China: Trump says will ban TikTok in America

United States President, Donald Trump, said Friday he will bar fast-growing social media app TikTok from the United States as American authorities have raised concerns the service could be a tool for Chinese intelligence. US officials and lawmakers in recent weeks have voiced fears of the wildly popular video platform being used by Beijing for […]

TikTok launches $200 mn ‘creator fund’

TikTok launches $200 mn ‘creator fund’

TikTok unveiled plans for a $200 million “creator fund” to add content from emerging social media personalities to the fast-growing video-sharing app. The new US fund will “help support ambitious creators who are seeking opportunities to foster a livelihood through their innovative content,” said Vanessa Pappas, general manager of TikTok US. The move comes with […]

Egypt jails TikTok women influencers over indecent content

Egypt jails TikTok women influencers over indecent content

An Egyptian court has sentenced five female social media influencers to two years in jail each on charges of violating public morals. The verdict against Haneen Hossam, Mowada al-Adham, and three others came after they had posted footage on video-sharing app TikTok. The ruling, which can be appealed, included a fine of 300,000 Egyptian pounds […]

Egypt female social media influencers get 2-year jail terms

Egypt female social media influencers get 2-year jail terms

An Egyptian court Monday sentenced five female social media influencers to two years in jail on charges of violating public morals, a judicial source said. The verdict against Haneen Hossam, Mowada al-Adham and three others came after they posted footage on video-sharing app TikTok. “The Cairo economic court sentenced Hossam, Adham and three others to […]

What is ticking on TikTok

What is ticking on TikTok

As the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the globe, people continue to devise different means of keeping themselves happy, instead of plunging into sadness as a result of the debilitating adverse effect the pandemic has exerted on the economy, personal lives and all.

Amazon says email to employees banning TikTok was a mistake

Amazon says email to employees banning TikTok was a mistake

Roughly five hours after an internal email went out Friday to Amazon employees telling them to delete the popular video app TikTok from their phones, the online retailing giant appeared to backtrack, calling the ban a mistake. “This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error,” Amazon emailed reporters just before 5 […]

TikTok to stop app operation in Hong Kong

TikTok to stop app operation in Hong Kong

TikTok said late Monday it is stopping its popular video snippet-sharing app from working in Hong Kong due to “recent events.” The move by TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, came as Facebook, Google and Twitter put a hold on requests by Hong Kong’s government or police force for information on users, following China’s imposition of […]

The World Health Organization has joined TikTok to fight coronavirus misinformation

The World Health Organization has joined TikTok to fight coronavirus misinformation

The World Health Organization launched a TikTok account on Friday as part of its efforts to cut through coronavirus misinformation online. A specialized public health agency of the United Nations, WHO is one of the leading organizations working to contain the spread of the virus. In WHO’s first video, Benedetta Allegranzi, technical lead of infection […]

Army bans soldiers from using TikTok, citing security concerns

Army bans soldiers from using TikTok, citing security concerns

The US Army has banned soldiers from using the Beijing-based social media app TikTok on government phones, citing security concerns. It‘s an about-face for the military branch, which as recently as October was using the app — which is popular with American teens and 20-somethings — for recruiting purposes. “It is considered a cyber threat,” […]

TikTok owner ByteDance denies it’s exploring selling stake in popular app

TikTok owner ByteDance denies it’s exploring selling stake in popular app

ByteDance is not currently exploring selling its stake in TikTok, despite a report from Bloomberg stating that preliminary conversations were held as scrutiny from US officials grows. TikTok head Alex Zhu sent an internal note to staff addressing the report, which was obtained by Reuters. Zhu told employees that “from time to time you may […]

US Navy bans TikTok over security worries

US Navy bans TikTok over security worries

The US Navy has banned Chinese app TikTok from government-issued mobile devices because of cybersecurity concerns. In a bulletin posted early this week to a Facebook page for military personnel, the Navy said those who didn’t delete the short-video app would be blocked from the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet, Reuters reported Friday. NMCI users were directed […]

U.S. opens national security investigation into TikTok

U.S. opens national security investigation into TikTok

The U.S. government has launched a national security review of TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co’s $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social media app Musical.ly, according to two people familiar with the matter. While the $1 billion acquisition was completed two years ago, U.S. lawmakers have been calling in recent weeks for a national security […]