The EU has launched an official investigation into TikTok. What is the reason?

The European Union has launched an official investigation into ByteDance’s TikTok. The bloc will check whether the platform violated the rules on online content aimed at protecting children and ensuring transparent advertising, writes Reuters. EU Commissioner Thierry Breton said that this decision was made after analyzing TikTok’s risk assessment report ... Read more

TikTok to step up fight against fake news ahead of EU elections

TikTok, a social network owned by ByteDance, has announced that it is stepping up its fight against fake news and covert influence operations ahead of the European Parliament elections in June, reports Reuters. In this regard, a new application called “Election Center” will be created, which will support 27 languages. ... Read more

Universal Music accuses TikTok of intimidation during negotiations

Universal Music, a record label holding company, accuses TikTok of intimidation during negotiations to extend its license agreement for artists. The company announced this in an open letter. The current contract between the companies expires on January 31, and in order to extend it, Universal Music has put forward three ... Read more

Alibaba’s Animate Anyone AI model turns pictures into videos. It was trained on TikTok videos

The research team of the Chinese company Alibaba has published a paper describing a new AI model called Animate Anyone. It is able to transform static images into short videos, writes 404 Media. Several examples of how Animate Anyone works are already published on the X platform. https://mezha.media/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/1.mp4 The videos ... Read more

Nepal bans TikTok for “disturbing social harmony”

The Nepalese government has decided to ban TikTok, claiming that it violates “social harmony” in the country. This was reported by the Hong Kong edition of the South China Morning Post. This happened on Monday, November 13, 2023, after a Cabinet meeting. Nepal’s Foreign Minister Narayan Prakash Saud said the ... Read more

Utah sues TikTok over addiction and harm to children

In the United States, the Utah Division of Consumer Protection (UDCP) has filed a lawsuit against TikTok, accusing the app of being “addictive” and harmful to children, writes The Verge. According to Utah Governor Spencer Cox, TikTok “illegally encourages children to engage in addictive and unhealthy use” with features that ... Read more

More than 1 million likes on TikTok: a video of a Lego machine collecting dominoes

It looks like AI-created video of a possible future duel between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg is losing popularity. The leading position is now occupied by a clip in which a TikTok user creates a Lego machine whose only task is to assemble dominoes. This is reported by The Verge. ... Read more

Americans who don’t use TikTok see it as a threat, poll finds

59% of American adults see TikTok as dangerous, but this perception varies depending on whether a person uses the social network. This is evidenced by the results of a Pew Research Center survey, writes Engadget. Only 9% of TikTok users see the social app as a big threat. At the ... Read more

Hyundai agreed to a settlement and will pay $200 million to customers in the United States over the TikTok challenge that led to a mass theft of cars

Hyundai has decided to quickly end a class action lawsuit arising out of in connection with the mass theft of cars through the TikTok challenge. The auto giant agreed to a settlement amounting to approximately $200 million to compensate approximately 9 million to Hyundai and Kia owners in the United ... Read more

The American state of Montana has banned TikTok and the use of Telegram by state employees

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed a bill SB 419, which effectively bans the social network TikTok in the state. This is the first such ban in the United States. The new law requires app stores to remove TikTok from their offerings for Montana residents, reports The Verge. Governor Gianforte justified ... Read more

Chinese applications are actively downloaded, although they may threaten the security of other countries

Smartphone apps developed by Chinese companies are proliferating around the world despite a growing trend for governments to view them as a potential security threat. This is reported by Nikkei Asia. To confirm this, the American research company Sensor Tower analyzed the five most popular downloads in 95 countries and ... Read more

The song Heart on My Sleeve by artificial intelligence has increased anxiety in the world of music

Heart on My Sleeve, a track written with artificial intelligence (AI), has raised creative and legal issues in the music industry, writes The Verge. The song simulates the vocal parts of Drake and The Weeknd. In a matter of days, it became popular on TikTok, Spotify, YouTube and other services, ... Read more

Fedorov: Ukraine does not plan to restrict TikTok, and sending draft notices in the messenger is not technically possible yet

Deputy Prime Minister for Innovation, Development of Education, Science, and Technology Mykhailo Fedorov gave an interview to Liga.net, in which he answered questions about the restriction of the use of TikTok in Ukraine and the sending of subpoenas through messengers. Against the background of the fact that in many countries ... Read more

In Ukraine, a petition was launched to ban TikTok “at least for the period of the war”

Since March 24, a petition on the ban of TikTok was banned in Ukraine. At the time of publication of the news, it had already managed to collect more than 5.7 thousand votes out of the 25 thousand needed within 90 days to be considered by the President. The very ... Read more

TikTok’s CEO further fueled Washington’s mistrust of the company

At hearing in the House of Representatives on Thursday, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew faced a barrage of questions about whether the data of American users could be vulnerable to surveillance by China. Referring to Forbes message, later confirmed by the company itself, Florida Rep. Neal Dunn asked Chew whether ... Read more

The CEO of TikTok will testify before the US House Energy and Commerce Committee

Tensions surrounding TikTok will come to a head on Thursday, March 23, when the company’s CEO, Shou Zi Chew, testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It will give Democrats and Republicans a rare chance to voice their suspicions directly about TikTok, reports New York Times. On Tuesday, Mr. ... Read more

Not only TikTok: ByteDance has another popular app in the US, CapCut

Despite the fact that in the world TikTok ban for government workers gains momentum over security concerns and the app’s Chinese owners, another popular app from ByteDance has so far managed to avoid similar attention. CapCut, a video editing tool that helps people quickly create online videos and memes, has ... Read more

More and more countries are joining the ban on TikTok on officials’ smartphones

The US is not the only country concerned that TikTok originated in China. Fears about the app, which is owned by ByteDance, quickly spread around the world. In just a few months, more than 5 countries have implemented full or partial bans on TikTok on government devices, pushing the popular ... Read more

The US is threatening to ban TikTok if its Chinese owners don’t sell their stakes

The Biden administration is demanding that the Chinese owners of TikTok sell their shares in the social network. Otherwise, they could face banning it in the US, reports the WSJ, citing its own sources. TikTok executives said that 60% of ByteDance (the company that owns TikTok) is owned by international ... Read more

TikTok introduced a paywall option, according to which creators will be able to post exclusive videos up to 20 minutes long

Social networks offer various types of content monetization, one of which is a paywall, which TikTok announced on its platform. The company reported this in a separate post. And the project was called TikTok Series, which resembles the Patreon model. In TikTok, the paywall will allow creators to create exclusive ... Read more

The White House has given 30 days to remove TikTok from federal devices

The White House has given government agencies 30 days to remove TikTok from federal devices and systems. To protect data, all federal agencies must remove TikTok from phones and systems and block the company’s Internet traffic, Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young said in a memo that Reuters ... Read more

The European Commission has banned TikTok on corporate devices

Citing data protection considerations, the EU executive’s IT service has asked all Commission staff to remove TikTok from their corporate devices, as well as personal devices that use corporate apps. The request to remove the Chinese social network app was sent by email to EU officials on the morning of ... Read more

TikTok wants to add an online store feature to its app, while Instagram is doing the opposite

TikTok and Instagram are competitors in the social media market, but they are not only services for viewing short videos. They offer much more features and are constantly adding new ones. However, the strategy of the platforms is sometimes slightly different. TikTok has reportedly launched a new shopping feature in ... Read more

Hyundai and Kia have released updates to their cars to prevent theft due to a TikTok challenge

Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have been forced to release software updates for some of their models after a viral TikTok challenge taught users how to hack their cars. So far, however, the update is only available for about one million cars out of the four million total that need ... Read more

TikTok bloggers will be able to start charging for their videos

TikTok creators will soon be able to charge fans $1 or more to view their videos, reports Insider, citing its own sources. Paid subscription is one of the many features that TikTok can introduce to attract new users. In addition, TikTok is working on Creator Fund 2.0, which will pay ... Read more