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Trump TikTok ban: Will my app stop working?

Trump TikTok ban: Will my app stop working?

The Trump administration's war on TikTok continues to escalate, and today's news of a September 20 deadline to pull the app - along with WeChat - from US app stores has users understandably concerned that the short video social network might stop working. Turns out, today's announcement makes it a little more complicated than that: read on for what you need to know if you're a TikTok fan.

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Trump wants TikTok and WeChat deleted from US app stores by September 20

Trump wants TikTok and WeChat deleted from US app stores by September 20

The Trump government will force the removal of TikTok and WeChat from app stores in the US as of this weekend, unless a deal divorcing the popular services from the Chinese ownership is finalized. It's the latest in a series of high-profile escalations done, the US Department of Commerce insisted today, to stop "malicious collection of American citizens' personal data," though critics have accused the policies of being the result of xenophobia and political maneuvering.

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TikTok Oracle deal will still leave ByteDance as owner

TikTok Oracle deal will still leave ByteDance as owner

The clock is ticking for TikTok, or has already run out if you got just as confused as the US President himself. Either way, it seems that the social media sensation is close to finding a way out of its predicament, that is if its strategy with Oracle actually works. That deal hasn't even been approved yet and there is already a growing pushback against a structure that practically changes nothing in terms of who has control over TikTok.

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Oracle reportedly wins TikTok US bid as Microsoft drops out

Oracle reportedly wins TikTok US bid as Microsoft drops out

With just a few days to spare, the drama around TikTok's fate in the US has suddenly gotten intense again. TikTok would have been banned from the US Tuesday had it not found a buyer of the popular short-video social platform and that buyer was expected to be Microsoft. In an almost strange twist of events, Microsoft has announced that TikTok owner ByteDance would not be selling it to the software giant and sources claim it was because Oracle had a better offer.

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TikTok says it has purged tens of thousands of hate videos this year

TikTok says it has purged tens of thousands of hate videos this year

TikTok, the massively popular platform full of short videos, is home to a variety of content, some amusing, some cringy, and some hateful. The company takes measures against the latter category, something it provided an update about today, August 20. In a long blog post, TikTok Head of Safety Eric Han talked about the company's hate speed policy, how it targets this content, improvements to transparency with users, and more.

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Trump to ban TikTok, WeChat if they don’t sell to US companies in 45 days

Trump to ban TikTok, WeChat if they don’t sell to US companies in 45 days

After successfully kicking out tech giants like Huawei and ZTE, the US government has apparently set its eyes on smaller fish. That said, the user bases of short-video platform TikTok and instant messaging service WeChat are so large that one can't take for granted the immediate disruption a ban would have on both the companies owning them as well as unsuspecting users. That, however, is exactly what will happen to both TikTok and WeChat if they don't give in to the new Executive Order from US President Donald Trump and sell their US operations to an American company within 45 days.

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TikTok bans deepfakes over concerns about election interference

TikTok bans deepfakes over concerns about election interference

Controversial video-based social media platform TikTok has banned deepfakes from its platform, citing concerns about the use of the technology to interfere with elections and otherwise spread misinformation. The move comes amid concerns about TikTok and its alleged potential impact on national security, as well as the general vulnerability of social media platforms to manipulation and election interference.

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Microsoft really wants to buy TikTok despite imminent US ban

Microsoft really wants to buy TikTok despite imminent US ban

Just like Google, Microsoft hasn't had any real success with building a social networking network. In fact, it barely even tried beyond the brief research experiment So.cl and the acquisition of an employment-centric LinkedIn. If it weren't for all the focus that TikTok came under due to threats of a US ban, Microsoft's intention of purchasing a large part of the popular video-based network would have never come to light until the deal was sealed. Curiously, Redmond seems really bent on pushing through with those plans to the point of publicly talking about it in the face of US President Trump's threats.

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TikTok is the latest social network to target QAnon conspiracies

TikTok is the latest social network to target QAnon conspiracies

Following Twitter and Facebook, controversial social video platform TikTok is cracking down on QAnon conspiracy theories, it announced this week. Though QAnon videos are still allowed on the platform, TikTok is making it harder for users to find them by blocking related hashtags, a move that aims to reduce the spread of misinformation among the public.

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TikTok Creator Fund earmarks $200m to support US creators

TikTok Creator Fund earmarks $200m to support US creators

Controversial video app TikTok has launched a new Creators Fund that is kicking off with $200 million for video creators in the United States. The fund is intended to help support users on the platform, giving them a way to earn money from their videos. The company will accept applications from interested and eligible users starting in August, though not everyone will qualify.

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TikTok, UC Browser, Weibo, 55 other Chinese apps banned in India

TikTok, UC Browser, Weibo, 55 other Chinese apps banned in India

If you're living in India today, you might be blocked from using a list of apps on your iPhone or Android device. India's government just released a list of 59 mobile apps that are banned in the country as of today. It would appear that the apps on the list are largely made by or distributed by companies and/or developer collectives based in China.

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YouTube beta testing TikTok video size, just like Instagram Reels

YouTube beta testing TikTok video size, just like Instagram Reels

If you're all about the content created in TikTok but you're not excited about the negative news, YouTube might have your back. An update this week from Google's YouTube Help group showed how they were "testing out a way to record multi-segment videos." These videos will have "a maximum length of 15 seconds" - with as many tiny videos (inside a total of 15 seconds) as you like.

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