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Former Disney exec named TikTok boss

May 19, 2020 - 11:01 AM

Kevin Mayer, who formerly managed Disney properties Hulu, ESPN+ and Hotstar, is now the head of TikTok, and the chief operating officer of TikTok parent company, ByteDance

MAYER. Former Disney executive Kevin Mayer will become the head of TikTok and chief operating officer of the popular video app's parent company, the group announced on May 18, 2020. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


U.S. Transportation Security Administration bans TikTok use among employees

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The agency follows bans by the Department of Homeland Security and the US military

This photo taken on November 21, 2019, shows the logo of the social media video sharing app Tiktok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Xinjiang’s TikTok wipes away evidence of Uyghur persecution

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:06 AM

Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, appears to have been wiped of the most compromising information about Xinjiang

Bytedance: The Chinese company behind global TikTok craze

Nov 27, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Since launching in 2017, TikTok has been downloaded more than 1.5 billion times, according to US-based research agency Sensor Tower with huge followings in India, the US, Indonesia and elsewhere

TIKTOK. In this file photo taken on December 14, 2018 a photo taken in Paris shows the logo of the application TikTok. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP


Maker of China's TikTok denies report it is planning HK listing

Oct 29, 2019 - 2:22 PM

'There is absolutely zero truth to the rumors that we plan to list in Hong Kong in Q1,' TikTok maker ByteDance says in a statement

TIKTOK. In this file photo taken on December 14, 2018 a photo taken in Paris shows the logo of the application TikTok. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

U.S. senators call for security probe of TikTok

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:01 AM

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senator Tom Cotton asks the US Directorate of National Intelligence to 'conduct an assessment of the national security risks' posed by Chinese-owned video app TikTok

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 14, 2018 a photo taken in Paris shows the logo of the application TikTok. Two senior US senators called for the government to study national security risks possibly posed by Chinese-owned video app TikTok, saying it could leave American users vulnerable to Beijing's spying, reported October 24, 2019. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senator Tom Cotton asked the Directorate of National Intelligence to "conduct an assessment of the national security risks" posed by TikTok.  JOEL SAGET / AFP

Chinese firm to acquire lip-synching app Musical.ly for $1 billion

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Musical.ly, which says it has 60 million monthly active users, is being acquired by the company behind China's top news aggregation service, Toutiao

MUSICAL.LY ACQUISITION. The social media app is being purchased for up to $1 billion. Screen shot from website.