The CEO of TikTok Kevin Mayer resigned from his post on Thursday, amid pressure from the Trump administration for the Chinese-owned video-sharing app to sell its business.
The White House has said the app, which is owned by ByteDance, is a threat to US national security.
The “political environment has sharply changed” since he took over the position in May, Mayer wrote in a letter to employees explaining his decision to leave.
US President Donald Trump in July moved to ban the app in the US, unless parent company ByteDance sells its US operations to an American company by mid-September.
“I have done significant reflection on what the corporate structural changes will require, and what it means for the global role I signed up for,” wrote Mayer, a former Disney executive who joined TikTok before the recent trade quarrel between the US and China.
Video footage of a Black Lives Matter activist on TikTok who thrashed about in the passenger seat of a vehicle, said she felt like she was about to go on “a f**king rampage,” and shed tears for rioters who were shot while attacking a 17-year-old boy in Kenosha, went viral this week on social media.
In the video, TikTok user @actingshy yells, “I feel like I’m about to go on a f**king rampage.”
The young woman then thrashes around in her seat, striking out with her fists and rocking back and forth.
“Civilians! Civilians! Are out there with AR-15s shootin’ and killin’ protesters. And you motherf**kers wanna get on TikTok and talk about, ‘What if he did this? What if he did this?’ Talkin’ about Democrats want f**kin’ war. But y’all out there walkin’ around with f**kin’ AR-15s,” she continues, as saliva begins to pelt the camera.
“And the police are passin’ out waters? F**k it! Stop it! F**k you, f**k your hate, f**k America, I don’t give a f**k no more. Y’all want war? Let’s do this s**t!” the activist declares. “F**k y’all. No one gives a damn about y’all f**kin’ feelings.”
A group of teenagers using the popular explore app Randonautica has helped put a Washington man behind bars for double homicide.
On June 19, the teens set their intention in the app and received back random geographic coordinates that led them to a West Seattle beach for a bigger adventure than they had bargained for.
When the group arrived at the rocky shores of Duwamish Head, they stumbled upon a black roller suitcase they at first hoped contained cash.
The disturbing TikTok video someone in the group shot shows what happened next.
One of the girls used a stick to pry open the suitcase, revealing a black plastic bag. The smell of what police later determined were human remains overwhelmed the teenagers, who decided to contact police.
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Liberals are fuming over a viral video showing a man propose to his girlfriend with a “Trump 2020” ring.
The video, shot earlier this week by pro-Trump Tik Tok user @MegaAmerican, starts with the couple standing in the rain with no umbrella looking at a small gazebo, before the man gets on one knee to make the proposal.
After about 30 seconds of the 40-second video, viewers learn the engagement ring features the slogan “Trump 2020” with an American flag backdrop.
Needless to say, liberals on Twitter were not happy with the surprise MAGA twist.
Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti has been labeled a despotic hypocrite by social media, after he cut off water and power at a TikTok influencer’s residence where gatherings were held in violation of coronavirus orders.
In a tweet, Garcetti announced that he had instructed the city to disconnect utility services at a house in the Hollywood Hills, claiming that its tenants had put the community at risk by hosting parties “in flagrant violation of our public health orders.”
The residence in question has reportedly been the site of several large social gatherings since the start of August. The New York Times reported that one of the property’s residents is a TikTok personality, Bryce Hall, who has made headlines with his extravagant partying.
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Update (1850ET): The SCMP is reporting that WeChat, a popular chat app developed and run by Chinese tech giant Tencent, will also be targeted by the Trump administration along with TikTok.
As the White House teased in a media trial balloon yesterday, the administration has just announced its latest initiative to hector Beijing, and the Chinese technology sector, as the Trump Administration ratchets up the retaliatory pressure in a burst of election-year fervor.
The Trump administration will announce measures shortly against “a broad array” of Chinese-owned software that pose a “national security risk”, according to Mike Pompeo, Trump’s Secretary of State.
Ever since President Trump said late Friday that a ban on the popular social media app TikTok was “imminent”, talks between ByteDance, the owner of TikTok and a separate app called “Douyin” – (equivalent to “TikTok” in English) which is similar to TikTok in many ways, but is a different app built to operate on the Chinese Internet – have apparently collapsed. Media reports claimed that, after being courted by a group of VC firms, ByteDance was in advanced talks to sell TikTok to Microsoft.
Microsoft on Sunday confirmed that it has held talks with Chinese technology company ByteDance to acquire its trendy social app TikTok in the U.S. Microsoft said in a statement that it will keep working with the U.S. government on a deal and that it intends to conclude talks by September 15.
If it were to complete the deal, Microsoft could simultaneously resolve a recent controversy in Washington and gain power in consumer technology.
The statement comes two days after media outlets including CNBC reported that Microsoft was interested in acquiring the app, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. Soon after the reports emerged, President Trump said that he opposed the idea of Microsoft buying TikTok and that he would move to ban the app in the U.S.
Controversial video sharing app TikTok has another demerit to add to its growing list: the app was just fined by South Korea for mishandling child privacy data.
The company was fined 186m won by the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), which is the country’s main watchdog organization, for collecting the data of children under 14 years old without the consent of their legal guardians.
The fine, though relatively small (about $155,000 USD), represents about 3% of the company’s annual revenue, according to the BBC. It comes as the result of an investigation that began last year.
The KCC found that “more than 6,000 records involving children were collected over six months, violating local privacy laws.” In addition, the Chinese firm “failed to inform” its users that their personal data was being transferred overseas.
A college in Wisconsin threatened to revoke a student’s admission after she posted a pro-Trump video on TikTok.
The video featured incoming Marquette University freshman Samantha Pfefferle dancing gleefully to 6ix9ine’s “GOOBA” in front of a “Trump 2020” flag and a pro-Trump bumper sticker.
Captions in the video state: “When people see that I support Trump… Then try to hate on me… And think I’ll change my views.”
A separate caption reads, “When the libs find their way to your page,” while the song’s lyrics say, “He’s mad, she’s mad, big sad, haha, don’t care, stay mad.”
Pfefferle says after posting the video seen over 600,000 times she began receiving hate messages, including one where a commenter said, “I hope you get shot.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has confirmed Washington is considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, including the ultra-popular TikTok, apparently inspired by a similar ban in India and Australia’s threat to do the same.
Speaking with Fox News, Pompeo affirmed “we’re certainly looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese apps, following the lead of India, which banned 59 Chinese apps after border skirmishes with Beijing, and Australia, which has threatened to do the same.
Americans should download the apps “only if you want your information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party,” he smirked.