What’s Going On With TikTok? Here’s What We Know

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  1. Terp

    Terp Well-Known Member

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    People here use TikTok? Will you be upset if tick tock goes away?


    What’s Going On With TikTok? Here’s What We Know

    By David McCabe

    • Aug. 1, 2020, 1:48 p.m. ET
    What exactly is going on with TikTok?

    The wildly popular app is known for hosting short videos where teenagers, celebrities and creators often dance or lip-sync to viral audio clips. It all seems innocuous, fun and sometimes even silly.

    But in recent days, President Trump has talked of banning TikTok from the United States, spooking the millions of people who make or watch TikTok videos for entertainment. Discussions of a ban have been coupled with reports that Microsoft or other companies may potentially buy the U.S. operations of the app.

    So what gives? Here’s a primer on how the app became embroiled with the White House and on the deal talks.

    What is the issue with TikTok?

    It all starts with two factors. One is that TikTok is owned by a Chinese internet company, ByteDance. And the second is that China is increasingly in the sights of the Trump administration.

    Officials in Washington have become increasingly concerned that the Chinese government could get access to information about Americans who use TikTok because of the app’s Chinese ownership. TikTok has repeatedly denied that it is influenced by Beijing.

    In any case, the tensions have now boiled over. On Friday night, President Trump said he planned to ban the app, possibly through an executive order. Now, TikTok’s owner is said to be trying to address the administration’s concerns by pledging to sell the app’s U.S. operations.

    Why is Mr. Trump concerned about TikTok?

    Mr. Trump and other administration officials say that Chinese-owned companies pose a threat to national security because the Chinese government has the ability to access those companies’ systems under local laws.

    The White House has previously raised similar concerns about Huawei and ZTE, two Chinese companies that make equipment for mobile phone networks. The newest front in this fight is smartphone apps like TikTok.

    What could Mr. Trump do about it?

    Mr. Trump has not been clear about how, exactly, he might ban TikTok and what a “ban” really means. On Friday, he said aboard Air Force One that he “can do it with an executive order.”

    The Trump administration has other options to restrict TikTok’s reach. It could try using a law called the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to block some foreign products from American app stores. Or it could put TikTok’s owner on a list that prohibits American firms from selling goods to it without a license.

    Because TikTok emerged out of ByteDance’s 2017 acquisition of a lip-syncing app called Musical.ly, the administration could also effectively order the Chinese firm to spin off TikTok. ByteDance could also agree to sell TikTok voluntarily to avoid being ordered to do so.

    This has happened before. Last year, a Chinese company that had bought the gay dating app Grindr agreed to sell it under pressure from the Trump administration.

    What do we know about TikTok’s Chinese owner?

    TikTok’s parent, ByteDance, is a large and privately held internet company with headquarters in Beijing. It makes many popular apps that are well known in China, including the short-video app Douyin. ByteDance has many non-Chinese investors, including KKR, SoftBank and General Atlantic.

    What about the deal talks?

    ByteDance has reportedly offered to sell the American operations of TikTok to stop the Trump administration from banning the app outright. Microsoft is one of the companies it has talked to about buying the app, though a deal has not been reached.

    ByteDance also previously discussed selling a majority stake of TikTok to American investors, but the Trump administration appears to have rejected that course of action, a person with knowledge of the situation has said.

    TikTok has taken steps to paint itself as an American brand. It hired Kevin Mayer, who used to work at Disney, to be its chief executive in May. It has highlighted its prominent American investors. And it says it has hired almost 1,000 employees in the United States, with plans to hire 10,000 more.

    In a statement, a TikTok spokeswoman noted that it stores its data in the United States and has “strict controls on employee access” to the information.
     
  2. 311monki

    311monki Well-Known Member

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    Don’t know much about tik tok for I assumed it was only for 10 year old girls.
     
  3. MargeInTheLargin

    MargeInTheLargin Well-Known Member

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    I haven't followed this one too closely as I'm not a big Tik Tok user but did just a bit ago see a thread about this on reddit. One thing a bunch of people said on there that makes sense to me is that a blanket "ban" is a very Trump thing to do and the better route to take is to actually pass data privacy and protection laws that apps would have to comply to in order to remain in operation. Then you might see Chinese (and other) companies actually change behavior.

    Though of course, what's more likely is that Trump is doing this as a "fuck you" to China and a 'fuck you" to Tik Tok users because there's some thought that Tik Tok users had something to do with Trump's low attendance at the OK rally and he's afraid of what else they can band together to do.
     
  4. Adam

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    Trump does everything out of spite, he thinks they ruined his rally!
     
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    Literally could’ve posted this in the Trump thread.
     
  6. Terp

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    MargeInTheLargin Well-Known Member

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    Quick side story. Kesha is from around where I live. A dude I used to work with played bass in a band she was in in highschool. Just taking him for his word, he said she was pretty much always a bitch and was an awful singer. He said she barely practiced with them, which really cracked me up because the singer in the band I was last in also had that lead singer syndrome diva thing going on and didn't practice with us much and it was always funny to me but also incredibly annoying.

    And then like 8-10 years ago my wife was a waitress at the Cheesecake Factory and Kesha came in to eat there with some people. She said that she seemed agitated that nobody was noticing her and she literally walked around the restaurant seemingly just in an attempt for someone to recognize her. She also said that she had super long hair that she just put on the fucking table at times around food and even just typing that out grosses me the fuck out.

    TLDR - People around here say Kesha sucks as a person.
     
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  8. Tomato-Kun

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    Who gives a shit. They should do away with Twitter and FB while they're at it.
     
  9. TiCal

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    Not twitter. They actually fact check.
     
  10. Tomato-Kun

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    They don't do a good job of it. Lots of lies and misinformation is spread all over Twitter. It's also a feeding ground for psychopaths.
     
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    Funny.

    The tick tock video made me think of playing a young relative in Scrabble at the beach one year. I asked her who her favorite musical artist was and she said it was Kesha. I had never heard of her at the time but she was blowing up. My opponent played "Ayer" "from the Flo-rida song."
     

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