Category: Social media

Trump Says Microsoft Can Bid for TikTok

WASHINGTON — President Trump gave the go-ahead for Microsoft to pursue an acquisition of TikTok, in his first public comments about the popular Chinese-owned video app after he had threatened to ban it from the United States entirely. Speaking at the White House on Monday, Mr. Trump said that TikTok would shut down on Sept. […]

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The Strange Saga of TikTok

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. What’s happening with TikTok is one of the strangest things I’ve seen. Let me catch you up. One of the world’s hottest apps has become a political hot potato because it’s owned by the Chinese internet giant […]

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The War on Frats

Groups of fraternity brothers and sorority sisters are working to kick their organizations off campus. ImagePortraits of these students at Vanderbilt University were taken over Zoom. Organizers asked to be photographed as a group of equals, instead of individuals, to recognize their solidarity. From left, Daniel S. Wrocherinsky, Riya Patel, Rachel Rosenberg, Nicole Gillis, Simi […]

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How TikTok’s Owner Tried, and Failed, to Cross the U.S.-China Divide

The Chinese entrepreneur behind TikTok took ample precautions when he set out to straddle the tech world’s most treacherous divide: the one separating China’s tightly controlled internet from the rest of the planet. He made TikTok unavailable in China so the video app’s users wouldn’t be subject to the Communist Party’s censorship requirements. He stored […]

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Tory-linked PR firm granted £3m Covid-19 contract without tender

The political communications company behind the Conservative party’s controversial 2019 digital campaign strategy received a £3m government contract to work on Covid-19 messaging without a competitive tender and is negotiating with the Cabinet Office for more work, the Guardian and openDemocracy can reveal. Topham Guerin, founded in 2016 by two young New Zealanders, Sean Topham […]

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Wanted: somebody to do the worst job ever advertised

Name: Influencer PA. Salary: £19,000-£23,000 p/a. Description: The very worst job in the history of humanity. Taking pictures of an idiot for a living doesn’t sound that bad. I didn’t say photographer. I said PA. And what does that involve? I’m glad you asked. An influencer with 10 million Instagram followers posted an ad that […]

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With TikTok, ‘Uncool’ Microsoft Aims for the Love of Tweens

SEATTLE — Maybe money can buy love. Or, at least, Microsoft would like to find out. On Sunday, the tech giant announced in a blog post that it would continue holding talks to buy TikTok in the United States, opening up the possibility of using its financial might to buy the fickle infatuation of tweens. […]

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This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition

In recent years, companies have been prowling the web for public photos associated with people’s names that they can use to build enormous databases of faces and improve their facial-recognition systems, adding to a growing sense that personal privacy is being lost, bit by digital bit. A start-up called Clearview AI, for example, scraped billions […]

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Gymnasts Worldwide Push Back on Their Sport’s Culture of Abuse

A culture in gymnastics that has tolerated coaches belittling, manipulating and in some cases physically abusing young athletes is being challenged by Olympians and other gymnasts around the world after an uprising in the United States. Many current and former competitors, emboldened by their American peers, have broken their silence in recent weeks against treatment […]

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There’s a Deal to Save TikTok — if Trump Doesn’t Mess It Up

Yes, President Trump can ban TikTok in the United States. The problem? This won’t actually stop the digital deluge from China. In fact, in the perfect example of someone playing checkers against someone playing chess, the outcome of this face-off with the Chinese government seems destined to blow up in Mr. Trump’s face, if he […]

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TikTok Ban: Creators Respond to Trump

It was a weekend of chaos on TikTok — unleashed on Friday night when President Trump said, while aboard Air Force One, that he might ban the video app. The surprise announcement sent influencers in droves onto livestreams to give possibly premature teary and heartfelt goodbyes to their fans, asking them to join them on […]

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Microsoft Says It’ll Continue Pursuit of TikTok

Microsoft said on Sunday that it would continue to pursue the purchase of TikTok in the United States after consulting with President Trump, clearing the way for a potential blockbuster deal between the software giant and the viral social media phenomenon. The announcement came as Mr. Trump has expressed repeated concerns about TikTok and concerns […]

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From Minecraft Tricks to Twitter Hack: A Florida Teen’s Troubled Online Path

For Graham Ivan Clark, the online mischief-making started early. By the age of 10, he was playing the video game Minecraft, in part to escape what he told friends was an unhappy home life. In Minecraft, he became known as an adept scammer with an explosive temper who cheated people out of their money, several […]

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Israeli Court Rebukes Prime Minister’s Son Over Harassing Protest Leaders

TEL AVIV — An Israeli court on Sunday ordered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s older son to stop harassing three people helping to lead protests against his father’s administration after he tweeted out their home addresses and cellphone numbers. Judge Dorit Feinstein of the Jerusalem Magistrates Court also ordered Yair Netanyahu, to delete the tweet, which […]

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U.S. Small Business Bailout Money Flowed to Chinese-Owned Companies

WASHINGTON — President Trump has blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, but as the White House looks to stabilize small businesses in the United States, the rescue effort has had an unintended beneficiary: Chinese companies. Millions of dollars of American taxpayer money have flowed to China from the $660 billion […]

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More Than 1,000 Companies Boycotted Facebook. Did It Work?

The advertiser boycott of Facebook took a toll on the social media giant, but it may have caused more damage to the company’s reputation than to its bottom line. The boycott, called #StopHateForProfit by the civil rights groups that organized it, urged companies to stop paying for ads on Facebook in July to protest the […]

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What’s Going On With TikTok? Here’s What We Know

What exactly is going on with TikTok? The wildly popular app is known for hosting short videos where teenagers, celebrities and creators often dance or lip-sync to viral audio clips. It all seems innocuous, fun and sometimes even silly. But in recent days, President Trump has talked of banning TikTok from the United States, spooking […]

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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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Florida Teen Arrested in Twitter Hack

OAKLAND, Calif. — A Florida teenager was arrested early Friday in connection with the recent high-profile hack of 130 Twitter accounts, including the accounts of celebrities like former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the Silicon Valley mogul Elon Musk. Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was the “mastermind,” state officials said, of a hack that […]

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Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Buy TikTok, as Trump Weighs Curtailing App

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions, as President Trump said on Friday that he was considering taking steps that would effectively ban the app from the United States. It’s unclear how advanced the talks between Microsoft and TikTok […]

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