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TikTok says glitch made #BlackLivesMatter, #GeorgeFloyd posts appear unseen

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:29 PM

TikTok says it's a display issue, with the posts actually receiving views despite seemingly not having any on the view counter

TIKTOK. 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


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


TikTok and Innity further extend partnership to 22 new countries

May 18, 2020 - 5:59 PM

The partnership aims to allow more brands to use TikTok to reach a younger audience

Dance moves from 'TikTok Doc' bring welcome relief from virus blues

Apr 12, 2020 - 11:01 AM

Dr. Jason Campbell's Tik Tok videos has taken the Internet by storm with clips featuring him and colleagues doing the 'corona foot shake,' 'the cha-cha slide' and other dance moves

TikTok pledges $250 million for coronavirus relief

Apr 10, 2020 - 1:21 PM

TikTok says the funds would be for 'front line medical workers, educators, and local communities deeply affected by the global crisis'

TIKTOK. 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

YouTube working on TikTok rival called Shorts – report

Apr 02, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Shorts will reportedly be a feature inside the main YouTube app, and will let people use licensed music on YouTube as soundtracks

YOUTUBE. This illustration picture taken on July 24, 2019 in Paris shows the logo of the US Youtube logo application on the screen of a tablet. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP


A Filipino's TikTok dance makes it to 'The Tonight Show'

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:22 PM

TikTok star Charli D'Amelio performs the app's most viral dances, including 18-year-old Hannah Kaye Balanay's 'Don't Start Now' sequence

VIRAL DANCES. Host Jimmy Fallon watches on as TikTok star Charli D' Amelio demonstrates some of the most viral dances on the app. Screenshot from YouTube/Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon


'COVID dance challenge': DOH brings battle vs coronavirus to TikTok

Mar 05, 2020 - 9:40 PM

The Department of Health is the second government agency in the Philippines to tap the widely popular and Chinese-owned video-sharing app to address the impact of the novel coronavirus

DANCE CHALLENGE. A screenshot of the Department of Health's first TikTok video giving tips how to prevent COVID-19. Photo courtesy of DOH's Facebook page

U.S. lawmakers told of security risks from China-owned TikTok

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:23 AM

Senator Josh Hawley says he's introducing a bill to ban TikTok from all US government devices, calling it 'a major security risk for the American people'

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


Philippines taps TikTok users to address coronavirus tourism impact

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:21 PM

#GoCreatePH encourages millennials to dance while featuring their hometown's tourism spots

World Health Organization now on TikTok

Mar 02, 2020 - 5:44 PM

The WHO reaches a younger audience on the platform


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

TikTok transparency report asserts zero takedown requests from China

Jan 02, 2020 - 7:08 PM

TikTok's transparency report says India and the US had the most requests for information and the most content removal requests as well

TIKTOK TRANSPARENCY. 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

TikTok sued in U.S. over alleged China data transfer

Dec 04, 2019 - 3:43 PM

A class-action lawsuit claims the app secretly vacuumed up and transferred private data to China in vast quantities

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U.S. teen's TikTok video on Xinjiang goes viral

Nov 27, 2019 - 4:02 PM

The clip by US teen Feroza Aziz, who describes herself as '17 Just a Muslim,' has millions of views across several social media platforms

CONTROLLED. 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

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

How TikTok opened a window into China’s police state

Oct 26, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Uyghurs are gaming TikTok’s algorithm to find a loophole in Xinjiangs’s information lockdown

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

Social media app TikTok removes ISIS propaganda videos

Oct 22, 2019 - 4:39 PM

An employee at TikTok says about 10 accounts were removed for posting the videos

Video stars: Russian child bloggers score millions of 'likes'

Oct 22, 2019 - 1:51 PM

In a Moscow park, her producer jogs backwards, using his phone to film as Liza Anokhina runs and blows raspberries. Tall and slim and wearing thick makeup for the shoot, she squeals with laughter when she views the result.

STAR. Russian child blogger Liza Anokhina (left), 12, participates in a shoot for her blog in a Moscow park on September 13, 2019. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP