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    New York (CNN Business)TikTok is scrambling to keep its American presence alive, and Microsoft has emerged as a potential, albeit unlikely, savior. Microsoft (MSFT) on Sunday said it is pushing forward with talks to acquire TikTok, following a conversation between CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald Trump, who previously threatened to ban the app in the United States. The transaction could be complicated and difficult to accomplish. And Microsoft has in recent years shifted its strategy away from consumers toward businesses. Still, analysts say the deal is almost certain to be worthwhile for both companies. It's clear why TikTok would be interested in the deal: Trump has said he will ban the app if it doesn't find an American buyer...
    President Donald Trump says he is on board with Microsoft buying the US arm of TikTok but they need to have the deal sorted by September 15 or the popular social app will be banned.  Trump's comments on Monday came as Microsoft added $77 billion in market value less than 24 hours after confirming it was in talks to by the US portion of the popular Chinese-owned video app.  Shares in Microsoft jumped nearly four percent on Monday, bringing the company's total market value to more than $1.6 trillion.  During a White House meeting, Trump said he didn't mind if the US tech giant purchased the social media app after having a 'great conversation' with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Trump said...
    US firearms purchases skyrocket during pandemic, according to FBI records Trader Joes Just Backtracked on This Big Brand Name Change Josh Richards Explains Why Hes Leaving TikTok for Rival Social Media Platform Triller (Exclusive) Josh Richards wants TikTok fans to know that Triller is the way of the future! The 18-year-old has been named chief strategy officer for the rival social media platform and is excited to be migrating over after years of creating content on TikTok.  "We started hearing the rumors about TikTok in the media and news, and with that we kinda felt like it was our responsibility to go and find a place that would be safe for other creators, ourselves and definitely the number one...
    News of a TikTok ban is sweeping the Internet. But why exactly is Tik Tok, a popular social media app, being banned? According to The New York Times, government officials fear that China could access information about Americans using the app, thus posing a threat to national security. (TikTok is owned by the Chinese internet company ByteDance, which has repeatedly denied allegations that it is operated or connected to the Chinese government.) As a result, Donald Trump has discussed banning the app on multiple occasions and announced Friday that he could do so “with an executive order.” “As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump said aboard Air Force One on Friday. Young Americans have criticized Trump’s...
    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro blasted Chinese-owned social media app TikTok a “national security threat” and accused its American chief of being a “puppet CEO.” The critique comes after President Trump on Friday announced he planned to ban the app from operating in the US amid concerns the popular video platform could share American user data with the Chinese government. “It sounds like fun but guess what? Every time you sign up for TikTok, all of your information is potentially going right back to the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese military and the Chinese government,” Navarro said Saturday on Fox News’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” “They can use these social media apps to steal your personal information, your business...
    White House Trade adviser Peter Navarro warned of the dangers of TikTok, explaining in a Saturday appearance on 'Justice with Judge Jeanine' why President Trump may potentially ban the social media app. "Every time you sign up for TikTok, all your information is potentially going right back to the Chinese Communist Party. The Chinese military and the Chinese government, they can use this social these social media apps to steal your personal information, your business information and also the judge," Navarro told host Jeanine Pirro. "They use these social media apps to track you and surveil you and monitor your movements." "So President Trump looked at this," Navarro added. "Secretary Pompeo is waxing eloquent on it as well. This is a...
              President Donald Trump said he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns. Trump said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to enforce action on TikTok. “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” the president told reporters Friday on Air Force One as he returned from Florida. Reports by Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal citing anonymous sources said the administration could soon announce a decision ordering ByteDance to divest its ownership in TikTok. Tech giant Microsoft is in talks to buy the app. The purchase would be...
    New York (CNN Business)Late Friday night, a social platform best known for coordinated dance routines and funny videos turned somber. TikTok users across the US began livestreaming and posting videos in tribute to what they feared was the end of TikTok, the short-form video app they've come to love and depend on. "Everyone is live right now," said Ehi Omigie, who has about 25,000 followers on TikTok, in a livestream on the app Friday night after news broke of a possible US ban. "Everyone is going cray cray ... If it does happen, follow me on Instagram."Others were strategizing ways to get around a ban, including by trying to trick servers to make it look like they're browsing from a...
    TikTok stars are bidding farewell to the popular video-sharing app after President Trump announced he was banning the Chinese-owned platform on Saturday, amid national security concerns.  The social media outlet, which allows users to create 15 or 60 second videos, has grown wildly popular among young people over the last year and is estimated to be used by more than 80million Americans. As news of the ban broke on Friday, TikTok stars rushed to say their final goodbyes to the app where they found celebrity status, asking fans to follow them on Instagram or YouTube instead. Scroll down for video  TikTok mega-star Dixie D'Amelio, who boasts 32 million followers, uploaded a video of herself reacting to the demise...
    Facebook has challenged YouTube by adding licensed music videos to its social media platform. The Mark Zuckerberg-owned firm recently partnered with a number of major music companies for the new feature, including Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music Group. The clips will be added to Facebook Watch, as well as the artists’ pages, allowing users to share, comment and react to – just like any other video on the site. However, the move would allow Facebook to push even more video advertisements on its platform. Facebook has challenged YouTube by adding licensed music videos to its social media platform. The clips will be added to Facebook Watch, as well as the artists’ pages, allowing users to share, comment and...
    President Trump told reporters Friday night he plans to ban TikTok from the U.S. through executive action. Mr. Trump made the news aboard Air Force One en route to Washington, D.C., from Florida. "We're banning them from the United States," he said. It's not yet clear how the president would ban the Chinese-made social media company from the U.S., but Mr. Trump said he might sign something as soon as Saturday. The president called it "severance" and rejected a reported deal in which Microsoft would buy TikTok. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The social media app, which is particularly popular among young users, has sparked concerns that China could collect Americans' personal data. The U.S. Army has...
    CULVER CITY (CBSLA) — Microsoft Corp. is reportedly in talks to acquire the U.S. operations of the popular app Tik Tok. According to Bloomberg, the deal “would give the software company a popular social-media site and relieve U.S. government pressure on the Chinese owner of the video-sharing app.” Earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps over national security concerns. His remarks come as India banned the app and Australia is considering it. Pompeo said he doesn’t recommend downloading the app unless “you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.” In a statement to CBS News, a spokesperson refuted Pompeo’s claims saying,...
    Microsoft could soon be the proud owner of the United States-based part of TikTok, one of the most popular social media apps in the world. Ashley Stewart of Business Insider wrote on Friday that Microsoft could purchase a stake in China’s ByteDanceTalk. ByteDance is expected to be ordered by President Donald Trump to divest itself of ownership of the software’s US operations in the coming days. Stewart reported there are multiple sources saying Microsoft is the front runner to swoop in and snap up those shares. News of Microsoft’s potential involvement in the sales talks was first reported by Fox Business Network’s Charles Gasparino on Twitter. He wrote that several sources in the investment banking sector claimed there were several...
    Republicans are raising concerns over the expansive reach of Chinese-owned social media app TikTok and its possible effect on this year's elections. Sens. Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio signed onto a letter to the FBI, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday to highlight the possibility that the social media app could be used to "manipulate" the public. “TikTok has become a popular forum for Americans—particularly younger Americans—to engage in political conversations,” the GOP members wrote. “I’m greatly concerned that the CCP could use its control over TikTok to distort or manipulate these conversations to sow discord among Americans and to achieve its preferred political outcomes.” This isn't the...
    President Donald Trump’s campaign has launched a major initiative against popular social media app TikTok. The new assault includes number of advertisements on Facebook and Instagram that accuse the app of spying on users on behalf of the Chinese government. According to Business Insider, more than one hundred different advertisements were recently published on Facebook that urged users to sign a petition to ban TikTok in the United States. “Protect our kids from China,” read one ad. “TikTok has been caught red-handed by monitoring what is on your phone’s clipboard,” claimed another. The move comes after Trump has openly mulled a ban on TikTok as tensions with China continue to rise. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has floated the idea...
    Instagram is set to launch its TikTok competitor globally in a matter of weeks. According to a report from NBC News, sources familiar with the matter say the social media giant will roll out the feature, called Reels, to 50 countries across the world. TechCrunch confirmed that Reels will be available in the US next month.  NBC reports that users will be able to use Reels through a new icon at the bottom of their screen in Instagram. Instagram's Reels feature will mimic Chinese social media upstart TikTok by allowing users to post video clips with music edited in Users will then be able to post content created in Reels to Instagram's main feed or Instagram Explore for...
    A senior adviser to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign now lobbies for the company that owns TikTok, the popular social media app facing allegations that it provides Americans’ information to the Chinese government. American Continental Group, a lobbying shop owned by Dave Urban, registered on Jan. 20 to lobby for ByteDance, Inc., the U.S.-based owner of TikTok, according to disclosures filed with Congress. The disclosure forms show that American Continental Group lobbied Congress and the office of the president on “general issues affecting Internet companies.” The firm’s registration form lists TikTok as a ByteDance affiliate, making it clear that the lobbying work pertains to the social media app. The disclosure lists ByteDance’s foreign owners as ByteDance Ltd. and ByteTeam Ltd.,...
    HIT Chinese video app TikTok could be banned in the United States in a matter of weeks. Donald Trump’s administration is studying the national security risks of social media apps including TikTok, an official revealed on Wednesday. 2The White House may be on the verge of banning TikTokCredit: Alamy Action against the app, which has been accused of sharing user data with the Chinese government, is expected soon, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters en route to Washington from Georgia. "There are a number of ... administration officials who are looking at the national security risk as it relates to TikTok, WeChat and other apps that have the potential for national security exposure," Meadows said. The investigation...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There’s a push in Washington to ban use of the popular app TikTo here in the U.S. This comes as the Trump administration cites national security concerns for the app’s association with China. But is it really dangerous? Cyber security experts tell KDKA TikTok is dangerous to our personal data, but so are other apps we use. TikTok currently has a nearly five-star rating in the Apple App Store. The app is known for its fun filters and prides itself on being the premier place for video sharing. The app is free. But Patrick Juola, Cyber Security Professor at Duquesne University said everything comes with a cost. “Look for the product....
    China-owned social media app TikTok has reportedly begun evaluating changes to the corporate structure of its business as U.S. concerns over TikTok’s ties to the Chinese communist party grow. Bloomberg reports that the popular China-owned social media app TikTok has begun evaluating changes to the corporate structure of its business as U.S. lawmakers begin to worry about the Chinese origins of the app, with talks of banning the app outright over data security concerns. Executives have reportedly begun discussing options for the company, such as the creation of a new management board for TikTok as well as establishing a separate headquarters outside of China in efforts to distance itself from its Beijing operations. Currently, TikTok does not have separate headquarters...
    CHARLI D'Amelio is the most famous person on the Chinese video and music-based social media app TikTok. The Connecticut native has more than 69million followers on TikTok, an app filled with videos of people lip-syncing and dancing. 7 Charli D'Amelio is the most famous person on the Chinese video and music-based social media app TikTok 7 Charlie D'Amelio and Dixie D'AmelioCredit: TikTok When did TikTok start? TikTok, one of the world's most downloaded phone app, first launched in the United States in 2018. The social media app allows, which users to create and share video clips with music and camera effects, was founded by the entrepreneur Zhang Yiming. It is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance. The Chinese version of the app,...
    By Sheila Dang (Reuters) - TikTok’s launch on Wednesday of a new platform to court small business advertisers is fraught with challenges, especially after the Trump administration's threat this week to impose a ban on China-based social media apps. The new self-service ad platform, which lets companies purchase ads without needing to speak with a sales team, is key to TikTok’s ability to turn its red hot short video sharing app into a viable advertising business. But the possible ban floated by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late on Monday, and new questions about the Chinese-owned company’s ability to control hate speech and misinformation, cloud the launch, ad buyers said. “The trust issues are there because it’s a new...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Monday that the U.S. is "looking at" banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps over national security concerns. His remarks come as India banned the app and Australia is considering it.  In an interview with Fox News Channel's Laura Ingraham, Pompeo said "we're certainly looking at it" when it comes to banning TikTok and other Chinese apps. "With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura," he said. "I don't want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it's something we're looking at."  Sec. Pompeo when asked if the Administration has considered banning TikTok:...
    THE United States is considering a ban on TikTok and other Chinese social media apps amid concerns the video-sharing app is a national security threat. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has revealed that the White House is taking claims that data from TikTok is being shared with authorities in Beijing "very seriously." 3 Fears of TikTok being banned by President Donald Trump come after other countries are calling for a ban on the addictive phone appCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3 The White House is taking claims that data from TikTok is being shared with authorities in Beijing 'very seriously'Credit: EPA Why do people think Trump wants to ban TikTok? Fears of TikTok being banned by President Donald Trump come...
    Bradley Cortright July 7, 2020 0 Comments Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States is weighing on a ban on Chinese social media app TikTok over privacy concerns.  During an interview on Fox News on Monday, host Laura Ingraham noted that India banned TikTok over concerns that the app was sharing users’ data with the Chinese government. She asked if the U.S. would take a similar step and ban Chinese social media apps. Pompeo responded, “We’re taking this very seriously, we’re certainly looking at it.” “We’ve worked on this very issue for a long time. Whether it was the problems of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure. We’ve gone all over the world, and we’re making real...
    (CBS SF / CNN) — The United States is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, adding that “we’re taking this very seriously.” Pompeo was asked by Ingraham whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, “especially TikTok.” “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura,” he said. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at.” Washington’s top diplomat added that people should only download the...
    The Trump administration is considering banning the popular Chinese social media app TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, amid global concerns the video-sharing tool also serves as an instrument of mass surveillance and propaganda for Beijing. [ READ: TikTok Steps up Transparency Efforts ]"We're taking this very seriously. We're certainly looking at it," the chief diplomat told Fox News host Laura Ingraham late Monday. Pompeo, one of the most outspoken China hawks in President Donald Trump's Cabinet, has railed against the use of Chinese technology in recent months. He has focused particularly on consideration among U.S. allies, including the U.K., of using China's tech giant Huawei to help build their 5G cellular networks. The British government has reconsidered that partnership...
    By Jill Disis and Jennifer Hansler | CNN Business The United States is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, adding that “we’re taking this very seriously.” Pompeo was asked by Ingraham whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, “especially TikTok.” “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura,” he said. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at.” Washington’s top diplomat added that people...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a warning to American users of the Chinese-developed social media video app TikTok during a Monday night appearance on The Laura Ingraham Show. Host Laura Ingraham noted that the popular app has been banned by India, and Australia is considering the same action, “saying that it was full of mass surveillance and propaganda and that it had the ability to feed information straight to Beijing.” She then asked plainly “shouldn’t with be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, especially TikTok?” “We have worked on these issues for a long time,” Secretary Pompeo replied. “We’ve gone all over the world and making real progress declaring them a danger to American national security.”...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)The United States is "looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham, adding that "we're taking this very seriously."Pompeo was asked by Ingraham whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, "especially TikTok.""With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura," he said. "I don't want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it's something we're looking at."Washington's top diplomat added that people should only download the app "if you want your...
    By Pei Li HONG KONG (Reuters) - Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, said it has deleted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's account at the request of the Indian embassy, as tensions between the two countries continue to simmer over a border skirmish. Since posting on Sina Weibo the first time in 2015 during a visit to China, Modi has been an infrequent user of the Chinese social media platform. He had more than 200,000 followers and 100 posts before the account was shut. Sina Weibo announced the closure of the account late on Wednesday and the removal comes a few days after India banned dozens of Chinese apps, including Sina Weibo and ByteDance's TikTok, following the border clash between...
    Both TikTok and its Chinese counterpart Douyin crossed 2 billion downloads on Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store in April 2020, according to mobile insight firm Sensor Tower, making the platform one of the most-downloaded apps in the online market. The app also reportedly has an estimated 65 million active American users. As the app has grown in popularity, it has also come under scrutiny due to concerns over user privacy and Chinese involvement.
    India banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including rising social media service TikTok, as escalations between the two nations worsen. TikTok, whose parent company is Beijing-based ByteDance, has built a huge audience in India thanks to expanded funding aimed at increasing its global presence, according to the New York Times. The decision to ban the app came Monday after the Indian government accused China of secretly transmitting user data to foreign servers. The move also comes on the heels of the recent border clash with Chinese troops in the Himalayas that left 20 Indian soldiers dead. The social media app, which lets users upload and share short-form videos, was installed more than 610 million times in India, reaching a...
    Parler CEO John MatzeEpochTimes Jim Jordan, Elise Stefanik and Nikki Haley all have something in common, other than a strong affection towards President Trump.  The three Republican politicians joined social media app Parler this week, adding their profiles to a site that's emerged as the new digital stomping ground for anti-Twitter conservatives. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas arrived earlier this month and Rep. Devin Nunes of California started in February, while Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has been a member since 2018, the year the app launched. "It's about time y'all joined me on @parler_app," Paul tweeted on Wednesday. "What's taking the rest of you so long?!" To be fair, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale has also been on Parler...
    Social media app Parler is gaining traction among conservatives who are frustrated with Twitter over a number of high-profile suspensions on the platform. Parler CEO John Matze said his platform, which surged to the 26th spot on the iOS App Store chart on Thursday, offers users the freedom to speak their minds while shielding personal data from third-party companies. "This is a symbol that we want a Town Square for free discussion," Matze wrote on Thursday. "We the people do not want to be told what to think, we do not want to be manipulated, and we want our data to be private." The app, which was founded in 2018, drew in 500,000 new users in a...
    But these changes represent more than just the latest iteration of the Jumbo app. They also mark the company’s first steps toward building a profitable business that doesn’t rely on user data or privacy-destroying ads. With the update, Jumbo is launching two paid tiers, Jumbo Plus and Jumbo Pro.  With Jumbo Plus, the app adds support for Instagram and Messenger, as well as the ability to keep tabs on data breaches affecting you. Jumbo Pro does all that and adds LinkedIn and ad-tracking prevention. Pro also comes with an integration with Spycloud, which can detect credit card information and other personal details that show up on the dark web.  The real test will be whether Jumbo’s privacy conscious users are...