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Trump declares TikTok, WeChat “national emergency,” preps bans

Enlarge / If the Trump administration has its way, these logos will be scarce inside the US in a few weeks. Ivan Abreu | Bloomberg | Getty Images The White House’s campaign against the China-based developers of popular apps escalated dramatically in the last day, as President Donald Trump declared both TikTok and WeChat to …

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TikTok vows to fight White House ban with ‘all remedies available’

Justin Sullivan via Getty Images TikTok has issued a statement on the White House’s plan to ban its popular app, saying it was “shocked” by the executive order and that it will respond in court, if necessary. The order, issued yesterday by President Trump, means that TikTok could disappear in the US in 45 days …

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TikTok and the Great Firewall of America

Emily Parker is CoinDesk’s Global Macro Editor. Wednesday, the Trump administration announced The Clean Network program, which is supposed to protect Americans’ private information from “malign actors,” namely China. The basic idea is that barring Chinese apps and companies will make America safe again. “Building a Clean fortress around our citizens’ data will ensure all …

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China won’t accept ‘theft’ of TikTok, according to state newspaper

Dado Ruvic / Reuters China won’t accept the “theft” of TikTok, and that it has “plenty of ways to respond” if the US government tries to force a sale through, according to an editorial in the state-run China Daily (via Reuters). That follows news that Microsoft wants to acquire TikTok’s operations in certain markets, after …

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TikTok owner reportedly agrees to sell US stake to avoid ban

NARINDER NANU/AFP via Getty Images TikTok may drop its ties to China in very short order. Reuters sources claim TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, has agreed to sell its stake in the social network’s US operations to avert a possible ban. The agreement would have Microsoft protect American user data, according to the report, but Microsoft …

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Donald Trump claims he will ban TikTok in the US

Dado Ruvic / Reuters Earlier today a report surfaced indicating the Trump administration may force TikTok’s Chinese owner ByteDance to sell the app to a US company. This evening, reporters in the White House press pool have said via Twitter, that the president told them on Air Force One that he will ban the video …

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TikTok chief Kevin Mayer launches stinging attack on Facebook

Enlarge / Visitors visit the booth of Douyin (TikTok) at the 2019 smart expo in Hangzhou, China, Oct. 18, 2019. Costfoto | Barcroft Media | Getty Images Kevin Mayer, the chief executive of TikTok, has accused Facebook of trying to destroy the Chinese app’s US business by smearing it with “maligning attacks.” In his first …

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TikTok blocks QAnon hashtags amid larger crackdown

Jens Kalaene/picture alliance via Getty Images TikTok is joining Facebook and Twitter in cracking down on QAnon posts, at least to a degree. The social network told BBC News that had blocked multiple hashtags related to the unsupported conspiracy theory, including “QAnon” itself and related items like “Out of Shadows” or “QAnonTruth.” Search for them …

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Android user data gives Google edge over third-party apps, report says

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Images Google for several years has collected app-usage data collected from Android phones to develop and advance its own competing apps, a new report alleges. The project, called Android Lockbox, “collects sensitive Android user data” for use within Google and has been in effect since at least 2013, The Information …

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Amazon bans TikTok on employee phones, then calls it a mistake [Updated]

Enlarge / A person using the video-sharing application TikTok on a smartphone in Faridabad in India on June 30, 2020. AFP Update at 5:15pm ET: Amazon now says it sent the email announcing a TikTok ban by mistake, according to The Verge. “This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error,” an Amazon …

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