‘We simply have no choice’: Desperate to avoid a ban, TikTok sues the Trump administration

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The Trump administration has sought to ban the Chinese-owned company or force the sale of its US operations. TikTok is suing the Trump administration over an executive order seeking to ban the Chinese-owned video platform in the United States, saying in a blog post that it is unconstitutionally being denied due process even as it has sought to work with the federal government. Read Full Story

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The U.S. has lots to lose and little to gain from banning TikTok and WeChat

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Instead of banning them outright, the Trump administration should instead enact a sweeping privacy law, which would protect Americans’ data. The Trump administration’s recently announced bans on Chinese-owned social media platforms TikTok and WeChat could have unintended consequences. The orders bar the apps from doing business in the U.S. or with U.S. persons or businesses after September 20 and require divestiture of TikTok by November 12. Read Full Story

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Why is TikTok getting banned? Here’s the latest update as the U.S. mulls app shutdown

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Geopolitics has a massive role to play. Both India and the U.S. have incentives to stick it to China any way they can right now–including Chinese owned businesses. It hasn’t been a good few weeks for TikTok, the Chinese-owned app that has been the world’s hottest social media platform for the past few years. It currently has over 2 billion users. Despite its mass appeal, the app is coming under increasing scrutiny from powerful governments–which could spell disaster for TikTok’s future. Read Full Story

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Who wins if TikTok gets banned? These alternatives exploded in India

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After India banned TikTok along with 58 other apps late last month, first-time installs of alternative video apps grew by a collective 155% in the country. As American officials continue to weigh a ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps, new data from a country that has already taken such a broad-based action offers clues as to which services might benefit from a TikTok-free world. Read Full Story

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Microsoft reportedly in talks to buy TikTok in U.S.

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Move comes as President Trump plans to demand Chinese parent Co. ByteDance divest the social video app’s American operations. President Trump said on Friday that he was considering taking steps that would effectively ban TikTok from the United States, and Bloomberg reported that the president was planning to order the app’s parent company, ByteDance, to sell its U.S. operations. Read Full Story

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TikTok makes play for marketers

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TikTok has launched its marketing offering, encouraging brands not to make ads, but instead TikToks. The Chinese-backed platform, which is owned by ByteDance, specialises in short dance, lip sync and performance videos and has seen an uptick in use, particularly during the COVID-19-enforced lockdown.

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TikTok may be banned in India, but this ByteDance app is having a moment there

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Resso, a music streaming service owned by TikTok parent ByteDance, is thriving in India, despite a ban on China-owned apps. TikTok was among dozens of China-linked apps that were banned in India last month over what the government said were national security concerns. The wildly popular short-video service—owned by China’s ByteDance—has faced increased scrutiny over its data-collection practices, although TikTok has said it does not share user data with the Chinese government. India’s move, which followed a fatal clash between the two countries on a disputed border, was notable in scale, affecting some 59 mobile apps and severing TikTok from one of its largest markets. Read Full Story

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Trump, Triller, and the return of Ryan Kavanaugh

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After billionaire status and bankruptcy, Ryan Kavanaugh is seeking a new path to moguldom with Triller, the dark horse TikTok rival endorsed by the Trumps. Teenage fans of the addictive short-form video genre probably have never heard of Ryan Kavanaugh, the onetime Hollywood bad boy now back in the limelight thanks to his ownership of Triller, a video sharing app with a long-shot chance to dethrone TikTok, its more popular rival. The jockeying for young eyeballs between the two companies has mostly taken a backseat to Donald Trump’s lunatic efforts to pry TikTok’s user data from the hands of its Chinese owners. But Kavanaugh is well known around Los Angeles for his own Trumpian exploits—and a similar flair for salesmanship. Read Full Story

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