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TikTok Videos Are Prompting Teenagers to Diagnose Themselves With Severe Mental Disorders
A rash of videos on the popular short-form video sharing app TikTok, posted by teens and adults stating they have been diagnosed with severe mental disorders and encouraging viewers to “self-evaluate” for the diseases, are...
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Rosanna Arquette Blasts TikTok for Offering a Platform for ‘Mass Potential Gun Violence’
On Dec. 17, Hollywood star Rosanna Arquette lashed out on Twitter, accusing the owner of TikTok of allowing imminent threats of “mass potential gun violence” in public schools to happen without intervening or alarming authorities....
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TikTok Empoyees: China Controls Company’s US Operations
In June this year, U.S. President, Joe Biden, signed an executive order revoking former President Donald Trump’s order that sought to ban TikTok. Trump’s order was based on the consideration that TikTok posed a threat...
China’s Tech Industry Seeing Largest Round of Layoffs as Beijing’s Sweeping Crackdown Continues
As Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s crackdown on the country’s Big Tech sector continues, Beijing’s regulators are upping the heat on a heavily saturated internet sector, adding financial pressure to tech companies already impacted by profit...
This photo taken on April 9, 2021 shows social media influencer and granny Ruan Yaqing (R) with assistant Xie Xincun (L) as they check a short video for her channel on video-sharing apps Kuaishou and Douyin - China's version of TikTok - in Beijing.
China’s TikTok Overtakes YouTube in US Average Watch Time
TikTok, China’s viral app known for its short clips and videos, has overthrown rival platform YouTube in average watch time per user in the U.S. and UK. App monitoring firm App Annie reports that TikTok...
Beijing Eyeing Take Over of Ride Sharing App, Didi; Encourages State-owned Companies to Invest
The Chinese government is encouraging government-run firms to invest in the Chinese ride-hailing company, Didi, as Beijing considers taking over control of the publicly traded Chinese technology giant, Bloomberg News has reported. It appears Beijing...
ByteDance headquarters, parent company of social influencing app TikTok, is seen in Beijing on September 16, 2020. Whistleblowers from TikTok’s U.S. offices told CNBC not only are they made to work double shifts for ByteDance on Beijing time, but China has access to all U.S. user data and uses the privilege readily.
Chinese State Firm Claims Stake in TikTok’s Sibling Company
In April, ByteDance, which owns TikTok, sold a one percent stake in its subsidiary company Beijing ByteDance Technology Co. to a state-backed firm WangTouZhongWen (Beijing) Technology. The government-backed firm was also given a board seat...
TikTok is a threat to the United States, according to actor Ashton Kutcher, former TikTok employees, cybersecurity experts, and U.S. officials.
Ashton Kutcher Warns of TikTok Threat, Former Employees Reveal Beijing’s Access to User Data
Hollywood celebrity Ashton Kutcher recently warned that Beijing could be using Chinese apps, including TikTok, to influence the minds of American citizens on topics such as the South China Sea and Taiwan. He conveyed his...
Former Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield has filed a legal claim against China-owned social media app TikTok that could result in billions being paid out to UK and EU children under the age of 13 who have had their data captured by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) affiliated company.
Class Action Suit Alleging TikTok Violated UK Child Privacy Laws Under Way
Former Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield has filed a legal claim against China-owned social media app TikTok that could result in billions being paid out to UK and EU children under 13 who have...
Chinese customers look at iphones at the official opening of the new Apple Store in the Sanlitun shopping area on July 17, 2020 in Beijing, China. As Apple rolls out new privacy measures in iOS 14, Chinese state-backed China Advertising Association is working with Tencent and ByteDance to circumvent the measures
China Advertising Association, ByteDance, Tencent Working to Circumvent iOS 14 Privacy Upgrade
Chinese state-run China Advertising Association is developing proprietary technology to circumvent new privacy restrictions implemented by tech giant Apple in the coming iOS 14.5, and China’s ByteDance and Tencent are leading the charge.  Apple announced...
Lead Stories is a company that was contracted by Facebook in Feb. 2019 to do fact-checking. It has recently come to light that the company also does consultation work for TikTok, a firm with ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and has been banned in countries like India for being a threat to national security.
Fact Checkers and Internet Censors Trace Back to Beijing
Lead Stories is a company that was contracted by Facebook in Feb. 2019 to do fact-checking. It has recently come to light that the company also does consultation work for TikTok, a firm with ties...