22 Apr 2021

TikTok Sued Over Use of Minors’ Data

TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, is currently being sued for billions of dollars over allegedly mishandling and using data pertaining to minors. Internal company data from July 2020 found that 18 million of TikTok’s total 800 million worldwide users are aged 14 years or younger. The

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19 Apr 2021

DHS Warns of Domestic Violent Extremists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations Exploiting TikTok

In a new alert, the Department of Homeland Security is warning that Domestic Violent Extremists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations have bee using TikTok to recruit, promote violence, and disseminate tactical guidance for use in various terrorist and criminal activities. The alert highlights several instances of TikTok being used in this manner and how these entities are avoiding detection and termination of their accounts.

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24 Mar 2021

Security Analysis Clears TikTok of Censorship, Privacy Accusations

Security researchers at CitizenLab have conducted an extensive research investigation into TikTok’s source code, concluding that the code is in line with industry standards. TikTok has been widely criticized for poor privacy and data-sharing practices, censorship concerns, and national security risks as the app is owned by Chinese tech giant

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13 Nov 2020

Amazon files lawsuit against Instagram, TikTok influencers over ‘dupe’ sales scam

On Thursday, a lawsuit filed by Amazon against Instagram and TikTok users was made public. The lawsuit alleges that 13 individuals on the platforms were using their power to sell counterfeit luxury goods and lure followers into buying fake products, deceiving Amazon in the process. The influencers would post content

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25 Sep 2020

TikTok Parent ByteDance Seeks Chinese Approval For U.S. Deal With Oracle, Walmart

After President Trump signed an executive order banning the download or update of Chinese-based social media platform TikTok, its parent company ByteDance entered into a contract with US giants Oracle and Walmart to allow the application to continue operating in the US. ByteDance has now applied for an export license

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18 Sep 2020

US Commerce Department to ban TikTok and WeChat downloads starting Sept. 20

Today, the US Commerce Department announced that, in line with President Trump’s executive order, all downloads of WeChat and TikTok will be banned beginning on Sunday. President Trump previously signed two executive orders against the Chinese-owned social media platforms in early August, claiming that the apps posed a threat to

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31 Aug 2020

Walmart Says Teaming With Microsoft in Bid for TikTok

On Thursday, US retail giant Walmart released a statement announced that they had teamed with Microsoft to buy TikTok, a popular social media platform currently owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. The app has come under fire over the past several months for ByteDance’s ties to the Chinese government, with

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24 Aug 2020

TikTok to Launch Legal Action Against Trump Administration

TikTok is planning to sue the Trump administration over an Executive Order that will ban the social media platform in the US. Trump has signed the executive order, claiming that the company collects data on a large number of US citizens, posing a threat to national security. Trump also claims

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12 Aug 2020

TikTok Caught Breaking Google Rules To Secretly Track Android Users—Report

TikTok has allegedly been violating its own privacy policy and Google’s privacy rules to secretly track Android users. A new report that was published in the Wall Street Journal states that the company performed tracking techniques on its Andriod users for roughly 15 months after researchers uncovered the app linking

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11 Aug 2020

The Clean Network Initiative: Another Nail in the Coffin of An Open Internet

For over twenty years the United States has consistently been the strongest voice for an open Internet that connects people all around the world. It was not a place for sovereignty and closed borders, the priorities of Russia, China, Iran, and other states scared of how the free flow of information might undermine their regime’s hold on their people. Until last week, that is.

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