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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04 Aug 2020

Microsoft’s Talks to Buy TikTok’s U.S. Operations Raise Ire in China

Earlier this week, Washington released an ultimatum to the company behind the popular social media platform TikTok, asking the Chinese company to sell the app’s US operations or risk being banned from the country. This has raised suspicions over the US’s aims to sabotage China’s technological advancements. China is also

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26 Feb 2020

Sen. Schumer Pushes for TSA Employee Ban on TikTok App at Work

The Transportation Safety Authority (TSA) is considering implementing a ban on using the app TikTok while at work. The app has been criticized by the Department of Homeland Security and two US military branches, who have already discontinued the use of the app based on concerns over Chinese data security

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03 Jan 2020

TikTok Banned By U.S. Army Over China Security Concerns

Amid worries over the security threat, the popular app TikTok poses to the United States, the US has banned US Army officials from using the app. TikTok is currently under scrutiny for its close relationship with the Chinese government, and backlash has caused the US government to reconsider its employees’

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29 Oct 2019

US Lawmakers Fear Chinese-Owned TikTok Poses Security Risk

In a letter to US Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senator Tom Cotton warn that the popular Chinese video app TikTok may represent a national security risk. The senators argue that ByteDance, the company that owns the app, may provide

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