TikTok last year introduced a new “Add to Music app” feature which, as the name suggests, lets users quickly save a song they’ve heard in a TikTok video to Apple Music, Spotify or even Amazon Music. While this feature was previously available to users in the US and UK, the platform is now making it available in more regions around the world.Expand Expanding Close
Popular short-form video app TikTok is under investigation in Europe for a range of potential breaches of the Digital Services Act (DSA), including failing to protect the privacy and safety of children.
The company is also accused of putting the mental health of users at risk by deliberately seeking to make the app addictive, and sending people down “rabbit holes” that may lead to the radicalisation of users …Expand Expanding Close
There’s a new way to completely lose track of time in Apple Vision Pro. TikTok announced today that it has officially launched its own spatial app for visionOS.Expand Expanding Close
It also saw some bizarre racism by one senator who apparently can’t tell the difference between Singapore and China …Expand Expanding Close
The timing of Meta’s announcement of new teen safety measures earlier this week likely wasn’t coincidental: Mark Zuckerberg and other social media CEOs are set to testify to Congress on the topic.Expand Expanding Close
The start of a new year is a time many of us use to take stock – of our goals, our habits, the ways in which we spend our time. For me, one significant change has been adopting a more sane approach to social media, and apps in general.
I’m a huge fan of technology, of course, but I also fully acknowledge that tech also has its downsides – and social media in particular has been a very mixed blessing …Expand Expanding Close
Attorney General Brenna Bird from the great state of Iowa is going after TikTok with a new lawsuit. The latest legal battle being fought in the US against the ByteDance-owned video platform isn’t just seeking an all out ban. Instead, the state of Iowa is targeting TikTok over how it allegedly age rates itself inappropriately in the App Store.Expand Expanding Close
TikTok on iOS has received a new experience for iPad users today that the platform calls “a complete upgrade.” That includes fresh navigation bars, a new video feed with “enhanced clarity,” and support for both landscape and portrait orientation.Expand Expanding Close
A live TikTok global music event will take place on December 10 at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. Known as TikTok in The Mix, it will combine headline acts like Cardi B, Niall Horan, Anitta, and Charlie Puth with upcoming artists who are making a name for themselves on the platform …Expand Expanding Close
The bill is known as the Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation (SAFE) for Kids Act, and has the backing of the state’s governor and state attorney general …Expand Expanding Close
Update: A third US state is suing TikTok for harming children “by intentionally keeping young users spending unhealthy amounts of time on the short-video sharing platform.”
There have been threats/promises of a federal TikTok ban since 2020, but little progress has been made in the past three years. The latest development is that there are now two completely separate potential laws competing for support …Expand Expanding Close
A number of TikTok deepfakes have been called out by the celebrities whose likenesses have been stolen. These include MrBeast, Tom Hanks, and Gayle King.
The fake video of MrBeast claimed that viewers had been selected to receive an iPhone 15 Pro for just $2, leaving the YouTube star to question whether social media networks are prepared for deepfake scams …Expand Expanding Close
TikTok appears to be joining the likes of X, Meta, and Snap with a new premium tier in the works. Rather than selling status or experimental features, however, TikTok is taking a more YouTube-like approach.Expand Expanding Close
While we’re still waiting to hear whether a federal TikTok ban will be imposed, some 18 state attorneys general are backing Montana’s state-level ban on the short video app. The ban is due to take effect on January 1, 2024.
TikTok is seeking to overturn the ban on the basis that it violates the free speech rights of its video creators, granted by the First Amendment. The app is one of the most popular in the world, used by around a third of the US population …Expand Expanding Close
Although the previous White House incumbent threatened a US TikTok ban and then quietly dropped it, the idea never quite went away. A new report says that fresh meetings have taken place between Bytedance, the Chinese owner of the app, and US government officials.
Things kicked off back in the summer of 2020 when the previous administration said that it was considering the possibility of banning TikTok over unspecified security concerns that data could be used by the Chinese government. Since the app uses very little personal data, the nature of these fears was not explained …Expand Expanding Close
The clock has been ticking on TikTok’s fate in the United States for several years now. No national policy affecting the China-owned video app has been set in stone though. However, New York City is the latest government to ban TikTok on work-issued phones.Expand Expanding Close
TikTok became known as a social network focused on short videos. However, the platform has expanded its capabilities over the years by adding support for photos and Stories. But this time, TikTok’s latest move was completely unexpected. The platform announced on Monday that users can now share text, which diverges from the main purpose of the social network.Expand Expanding Close
Apple is a major proponent of the post-password world. Last year, it built passkey technology into the iPhone with iOS 16. As a result, more and more services are letting users say goodbye to passwords and hello to passkeys.
Soon, TikTok users across the world will be able to make the shift from passwords to passkeys as well.Expand Expanding Close
The music streaming market has a lot of competitors, but Apple Music and Spotify have pretty much become leaders in this segment. However, there’s a new player entering this game, and that’s TikTok. The owners of the popular social network now want to compete with Apple Music and Spotify with their new music streaming platform called TikTok Music.Expand Expanding Close
Facebook Messenger parental controls have long been available for Messenger Kids – the special version of the chat app designed for children below 13 years of age – but not for teens. This has now changed, with parental controls coming to the main Messenger app when used by teens aged 13 to 18.
Separately, TikTok is integrating two existing filtering features after continuing concerns about showing inappropriate content to children – though as always, in a very weak way …Expand Expanding Close
TikTok Candle Media partnership will create opportunities for ‘underrepresented’ creators and authors
A new TikTok Candle Media partnership will create opportunities for “underrepresented” creators and authors, according to the two companies. This will include a new program with a media company founded by actor and producer Reese Witherspoon …Expand Expanding Close
Ever since generative AI like ChatGPT became popular, multiple platforms have been offering AI-based features to their users. Now TikTok has been working on its own AI chatbot named “Tako” that may or may not see the light of day.Expand Expanding Close