TikTok Stories September 21

TikTok election fundraising banned; no monetization for politicians and parties

An announcement this morning has seen all TikTok election fundraising banned by the platform. Politicians and parties will not be able to use the short-form video app to solicit funds for the midterms, and they will also have all forms of monetization switched off …

TikTok Stories September 15

TikTok has announced a new feature that’s a blatant clone of the viral BeReal photo-sharing app. Branded as “TikTok Now,” the company says that this feature “brings the authenticity of TikTok to a whole new creative experience that connects you with those closest to you.”

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Execs from four tech giants were called before the Senate Homeland Security Committee yesterday. The Senate questioned Meta, TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter on safety, privacy, misinformation, and more.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was also seen in the building, but he did not appear before the committee …

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TikTok Stories September 5

A few days ago, a hacker group known as “AgainstTheWest” shared a post on a hacking forum claiming to have found security breaches in TikTok and WeChat. However, despite what the group says, TikTok has officially denied all reports about hackers having leaked its source code and sensitive user data.

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TikTok Stories August 30

TikTok mental health videos inaccurate and irresponsible, say experts

A growing number of TikTok mental health videos are posted by people with no qualifications, and the information they post is often inaccurate and irresponsible, say experts …

TikTok Stories August 23

The popular short video platform TikTok currently has two different feeds available to users. While the main “For You” feed features a mix of suggestions and content from accounts you follow, the “Following” feed focuses on videos from your friends. However, users may soon have access to a third feed called “Nearby.”

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TikTok Stories August 17

An official survey in the UK shows that TikTok has replaced TV as the most popular entertainment source for young adults, while a separate Pew study reveals that 95% of US teens watch YouTube, many of them “almost constantly.”

Use of both apps and streaming services has dramatically changed the landscape for broadcast television …

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Fears about midterm election disinformation have led both Meta and TikTok to outline the defensive measures they plan to deploy. It follows a disastrous experience in 2016, when Facebook unwittingly sold political ad space to disinformation agents working on behalf of Russia.

Meta subsequently put in place protections for the 2020 elections, and says that it will maintain the strategies shown to be effective, as well as improving on them …

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TikTok Stories August 16

Apple is reportedly threatening to fire an employee over her posting a TikTok with iPhone security tips and advice. As first spotted by The Verge, the employee was told that she “breached company policy” by identifying herself as an Apple employee in a video about Apple products.

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TikTok Stories August 3

A report shows that even after the days of lockdowns have long passed, mobile usage is still growing in the US and several other countries. TikTok is the most consumed app worldwide, while Instagram is the most downloaded in Q2 of 2022.

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TikTok Stories July 21

TikTok for iOS expanding auto caption and translation tools to more languages

TikTok just announced it’s expanding its accessibility and translation tools starting today. After launching captions in 2021, the app is adding more languages for auto captions and translation features.

An official depressing study revealed that TikTok is the fastest-growing source of news for British adults. For teenagers, the top news source was Instagram, closely followed by TikTok then YouTube.

The situation is even worse in the US, where a quarter of adults say they use TikTok to get their news.

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TikTok Stories July 13

The TikTok algorithm has been at once the key to the success of the video streaming app, and the biggest criticism leveled against it. But it is now offering users the ability to filter out topics you don’t want to see.

The company is also introducing new automated moderation tools, including one that (finally!) applies age restrictions to videos not suitable for children, and another that aims to address the “rabbit hole” problem of users being shown a succession of depressing or other potentially harmful videos …

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TikTok Stories July 8

TikTok blackout challenge said to be responsible for the deaths of seven children

An insane TikTok blackout challenge has been responsible for the deaths of seven children, according to a horrific new report today …

TikTok Stories July 5

TikTok shopping plans for US abandoned after disastrous UK experiment

TikTok shopping proved wildly popular in Asia, but plans to bring it to the US have been abandoned after a disastrous experience in the UK.

The UK launch was handled so badly that around half the staff working on the project walked out, and the exec in charge had to be replaced after deciding that he ‘didn’t believe’ in UK employment law …

TikTok Stories July 1

Earlier this week, an FCC commissioner in the United States called on both Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their respective apps stores. Now, TikTok parent company ByteDance has responded to the situation and confirmed that some China-based employees can access data of TikTok users in the United States.

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TikTok versus Reels battle set to intensify as Instagram tries new experiment

The video shorts battle of TikTok versus Reels looks set to intensify. After Instagram essentially copied the 15- to 60-second video short feature from TikTok, branding them as Reels, the company is now considering turning all Instagram videos into Reels. What would that mean … ?

TikTok Stories June 29

An FCC commissioner has called on both Apple and Google to delete TikTok from their respective app stores, giving the companies until July 8 to respond. It is not clear what measures the Federal Communications Commission might take if the companies do not comply.

The lengthy four-page letter says that TikTok is not a video-sharing app, but a “sophisticated surveillance tool” for the Chinese government …

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TikTok Stories June 15

A leaked Meta internal memo from late April reveals the plan to entirely transform Facebook’s feed to become more TikTok-like. In addition, the company’s executives want to reintegrate Messenger back into Facebook’s main app, revealed a report.

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TikTok Stories June 8

TikTok users can now rock Memoji-like Avatars in new update

TikTok is bringing Memoji-like Avatars through its latest update as a way for creators to “showcase their individuality.” However, these new Avatars look awfully similar to Apple’s Memoji. The social media giant has announced TikTok Avatars, allowing users to customize through hairstyles, piercings, accessories, and makeup.

TikTok Stories May 31

TikTok wants even more of your attention with new distraction-free ‘clear mode’

TikTok is testing a new tool with select users to provide distraction-free viewing on the platform. Confirmed to TechCrunch, the new feature is called “clear mode” and clears on-screen clutter like captions and buttons for users scrolling through content on the app.

TikTok Stories May 24

You can now subscribe to your favorite LIVE TikTok creators

TikTok LIVE lets creators and fans connect in real-time. You can now subscribe to your favorite LIVE TikTok creators in a Twitch-like format. LIVE Subscription is a monthly subscription that allows users to support their favorite LIVE TikTok creators.

TikTok Stories May 20

TikTok hopes the next way to capture your attention is in gaming

TikTok is working on a “major push into gaming” and is reportedly testing mini-games on the platform in Vietnam. In partnership with mobile gaming studio Zynga, the company is making ad-supported HTML5 games that could release on the platform later this year.

TikTok Stories May 19

Illegal drug deals are proliferating over social media with coded emoji and digital cash apps

Police report seeing increasing evidence of drug deals via apps like Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok – and say that this is one of the factors behind soaring drug fatalities though fentanyl-tainted pills.

Emoji are used as code for different drugs, deals struck in private messages, and apps like Venmo and Cash App used for payment …

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