Tag: TikTok

ProBeat: Microsoft wants TikTok for the same reason the U.S. fears China

It’s been a month since U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration was considering banning TikTok. Plenty has happened since, but the situation really accelerated last weekend. In the span of a couple hours, we learned that President Trump was planning to sign an order directing China’s ByteDance to divest its ownership […]

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How TikTok teens amplified political activism and threatened Trump’s political campaign

The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online army of K-pop fans who used the social network TikTok to organize and reserve tickets for the rally as a means of pranking the campaign. Similarly, the historically unprecedented scale of the George Floyd […]

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Trump bans U.S. transactions with TikTok and WeChat starting September 20

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday unveiled sweeping bans on U.S. transactions with China’s ByteDance, owner of video-sharing app TikTok, and Tencent, operator of messenger app WeChat, in a major escalation of tensions with Beijing. The executive orders, which go into effect in 45 days, come after the Trump administration said this week […]

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TikTok and America’s Bleak Techno-Nationalism

But given Microsoft’s more than $160 billion in cash reserves, the price may be immaterial if it brings Redmond tens of millions of avid young users and the hoard of data they produce. And despite its reputation as a lumbering business-centric firm that’s botched acquisitions like Nokia, Microsoft has had recent successes in acquiring already […]

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Microsoft Won’t Fix TikTok’s Problems

Image: ANATOLIY SIZOV VIA ISTOCK UNRELEASED/GETTY IMAGES It is looking increasingly like TikTok, the massively popular video-based social media application owned by the Chinese firm ByteDance, will be “banned” in some manner in the United States, or sold at a fire sale price to a U.S.-based company (likely Microsoft). This comes after a month of speculation and […]

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Trump gives Microsoft 45 days to seal TikTok deal

(Reuters) — President Donald Trump only agreed to allow Microsoft to negotiate the acquisition of popular short-video app TikTok if it could secure a deal in 45 days, three people familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The move represents an about-face for Trump and prompted the U.S. tech giant to declare its interest in […]

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After a Summer of Social Media Trolling By Gen Z, Trump Says He’s Going to Ban TikTok From America

Image: Lionel Bonaventure (Getty Images) The petty President of the United States says his government will be banning the social media app TikTok from operating in America, and that it could happen as soon as this weekend. Advertisement Trump announced his plans to end use of the Chinese-owned video sharing platform in the U.S. to […]

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ByteDance and Microsoft offer White House a deal to keep TikTok in the U.S.

(Reuters) — China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday. U.S. officials have said TikTok […]

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Microsoft Could Be TikTok’s New Owner

The US government had previously announced that they might be considering banning TikTok. This is because TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is from China and due to the ongoing tensions between both countries, it could spell trouble for TikTok. Now it seems that things could be escalating, according to a report from Bloomberg. Advertising The report […]

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Egypt Jailed Two TikTok Users for ‘Violating Family Values’

Mowada al-Adham and Haneen Hossam. Photos via Instagram.  Two young Egyptian TikTok stars and three associates were jailed for two years Monday, as part of a crackdown on “indecent” social media influencers. The two jailed influencers — Haneen Hossam, 20, and Mowada al-Adham, 22 — were convicted of violating Egyptian family values, inciting immorality and […]

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Cops Just Busted a Man Who Created Half a Million Fake Followers for Influencers

Mumbai police early this week uncovered an international scam involved in the creation of millions of fake social media profiles. The scam was unearthed after Indian singer Bhoomi Trivedi lodged a complaint against a fake profile on Instagram pretending to be her official profile. She claimed someone had created a fake profile using her photos […]

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