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TikTok agrees to proposed $92 million settlement in privacy class action

Enlarge Mateusz Slodkowski | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images TikTok parent company ByteDance has agreed to a $92 million deal to settle class-action lawsuits alleging that the company illegally collected and used underage TikTok users’ personal data. The proposed settlement (PDF) would require TikTok to pay out up to $92 million to members …

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Instagram will no longer promote recycled TikToks on its TikTok clone

In its latest set of best practices for Reels, Instagram is urging users not to repost videos from elsewhere — essentially telling its community not to recycle videos from TikTok. If you do share videos that you rip from TikTok, your followers will still see them in their feeds. However, Instagram’s algorithms will be on …

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Microsoft will release the Surface Duo in more countries next year

Microsoft After a buggy initial release in the US this past August, Microsoft’s Surface Duo will make its way to other countries next year. On Tuesday, the company announced its dual-screen Android phone will be available in Canada, France, Germany and the UK in early 2021, with more information to follow. In the same blog …

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Tech’s biggest losers in 2020

It’d be easy to just say all of 2020 was terrible and call it a day. But while most of the year was awful for everyone, some things in tech suffered more than others. TikTok, for example, got jerked around by the Trump administration for months, only to be ghosted at the end of the …

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FTC kicks off sweeping privacy probe of nine major social media firms

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Ars Technica The Federal Trade Commission is stepping up its digital privacy work and has asked just about every major social media platform you can think of to explain what personal data it collects from users and why. The requests for information went out today to nine platforms (or their parent …

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TikTok’s deadline for a sale has moved to December 4th

Mike Blake / reuters Remember that deadline the Trump Administration imposed for TikTok to either sell or face being shut down in the US? It already shifted back to the 27th — after TikTok complained the government wasn’t responding to inquiries — and it’s now moved again. Bloomberg and Reuters report that TikTok mentioned a …

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Commerce Department extends deadline for a TikTok sale to the 27th

SOPA Images via Getty Images For months, the Trump Administration has pushed for TikTok to either be sold or get shut down and locked out of doing business with US companies. However, despite the incomplete status of a proposed sale that would’ve made it a partner with Oracle, a deadline set by the Commerce Department’s …

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US Commerce Department delays TikTok ban following court ruling

SOPA Images via Getty Images TikTok will live to see another day. According to The Wall Street Journal, the US Department of Commerce won’t push through an order that would have forced the platform to shut down today. The agency cited a preliminary injunction a judge in Philadelphia granted TikTok in late October when a …

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TikTok users troll Trump “voter fraud” reporting hotline en masse

Enlarge / A phone, earbuds, a pen, and a laptop: the full “prank call the president’s campaign” kit. Mateusz Slodkowski | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images If you’ve turned on a radio, television, or Internet-connected device since last Monday, you’ve probably heard that there was a federal election in the United States this …

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Judge: Trump Admin‘s TikTok ban would cause “irreparable harm” to creators

Enlarge / Visitors visit the booth of Douyin (TikTok) at the 2019 smart expo in Hangzhou, China, Oct. 18, 2019. Costfoto | Barcroft Media | Getty Images A federal judge in Pennsylvania has blocked a Trump administration order that would have banned TikTok from operating inside the United States as of November 12, finding that …

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