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

TikTok beats YouTube in annual research of app use by children and teens

For another year in a row, TikTok was the most used app by children and teenagers during the day, even more than YouTube. According to app usage research children and teens worldwide in 2022, younger audiences (ages 4 to 18) started watching more TikTok than YouTube on average, and TikTok’s ... Read more

TikTok is implementing a system of strikes for creators who violate the rules

TikTok is trying to make it easier for creators and other users to navigate its rules and understand what is happening with their accounts. The company is implementing updated “account control system” – a series of changes that includes a new strike system, as well as features that allow authors ... Read more

The owner of TikTok admitted that his employees did have access to user data

ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, admitted this week that several of its employees improperly accessed the data of American TikTok users and two journalists. TikTok CEO Shou Chew acknowledged this in a memo published by the Bloomberg agency. The disclosure followed a months-long internal investigation at the company, which ... Read more

The US is ready to ban TikTok for government devices

A proposal to ban US federal employees from using the Chinese short-video app TikTok on government devices could become law, reports Reuters. That risks damaging the company’s reputation and scaring off advertisers, even if it won’t affect many users, experts say. US lawmakers included the proposal in a key spending ... Read more

Beware YouTube: TikTok begins testing horizontal full-screen video

TikTok, the short vertical video service that has grown wildly popular in recent years, has begun testing horizontal full-screen videos among select users around the world, reports TechCrunch. Users with access to the test feature will see a new “full screen mode” button on square or rectangular videos in their ... Read more

The EU confirms multiple investigations into TikTok data practices

The president of the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, has confirmed that there are several ongoing investigations into TikTok. The inspections concern the transfer of EU citizens’ data to China and targeted advertising aimed at minors. Investigators are trying to make sure TikTok complies with the ... Read more

China has stolen more American data than all other countries combined

At a House committee hearing, FBI Director Christopher Wray said China has stolen more American data “than every other nation combined”, according to The Hill. “China’s vast hacking program is the world’s largest, and they have stolen more Americans’ personal and business data than every other nation combined,” said Christopher ... Read more

Tiktok has admitted that its employees in China may have access to the data of European users

TikTok is clarifying to its European users that their data may be accessible to employees outside the continent, including in China, amid political and regulatory concerns about Chinese access to user information on the platform, reports The Guardian. Countries, where TikTok employees may have access to European user data, include ... Read more