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TikTok sues over potential U.S ban

TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance have sued the US government over a new law that could potentially see the platform banned nationwide within a year…unless it's sold to a non-Chinese company. When passing the law last month, US lawmakers expressed fear that the Chinese government could force TikTok to turn over user data … or to manipulate algorithms to influence public opinion.  

todayMay 8, 2024 14

Science & Technology

TikTok fears point to larger problem: Poor media literacy in the social media age

Tiktok is not the only social media app to pose the threats it’s been accused of. picture alliance via Getty Images     By Nir Eisikovits, UMass Boston   The U.S. government moved closer to banning the video social media app TikTok after the House of Representatives attached the measure to an emergency spending bill on Apr. 17, 2024. The House voted on each of the four components of the bill, […]

todayApril 22, 2024 13

Science & Technology

Is TikTok’s parent company an agent of the Chinese state? In China Inc., it’s a little more complicated

Some U.S. lawmakers have grown concerned about TikTok. Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images.   By Shaomin Li, Old Dominion University   Does the Chinese government have officials inside TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, pulling the strings? And does the storing of data from the popular social media app outside of China protect Americans? These questions appear to dominate the current thinking in the U.S. over whether to ban TikTok if its […]

todayMarch 18, 2024 7

Science & Technology

China says will take ‘all necessary measures’ to protect interests after US TikTok vote

    China on Thursday slammed the approval of a US bill that would ban TikTok unless it severs ties with its Chinese parent company, vowing that Beijing would "take all necessary measures" to protect the interests of its companies overseas. The short-video app has soared in popularity worldwide but its ownership by Chinese technology giant ByteDance -- and alleged subservience to Beijing's ruling Communist Party -- has fuelled concern […]

todayMarch 14, 2024 11