TikTok Is Taking Over India
In just two years, TikTok has become India’s most downloaded app. Let the gold rush begin.They eyed one another warily as Celebrity Face volunteers called out names in batches. Only about a dozen at a time got inside; bouncers were otherwise physically blocking the crowd from entering. Outside, dressed in a denim jacket, white shirt, and blue jeans, a look he had styled with spiked hair, aviator glasses, a handlebar moustache, and a goatee, Bhatia sat in a plastic chair and stared at the posters of teenage celebrities plastered across the walls enclosing the lawn. He knew everything about them.
TikTok owner ByteDance, the Beijing-based behemoth that answers to no man (or at least U.S. senator) is reportedly crafting plans to fulfil its destiny — its foray into the subscription music business.
the Financial Times, ByteDance has approached Warner Music, Sony, and Universal for licensing deals, a move which should further strike fear into the cold hearts of tech companies who’ve been taking unsuccessful stabs at as they TikTok’s rise to the number three spot in the App Store, with a total of 1.5 billion downloads. A TikTok spokesperson did not respond to Gizmodo’s request for confirmation on its moves into the music subscription business.
TikTok begins testing links in bios
The app is letting a select group of users add links to their bios and posts , which can direct audiences to products or services. Judging by a video of the service in action posted by Fabian Bern, a marketer, it looks like audiences can purchase products featured in videos directly from the videos themselves.Influencers make their money from their audiences, and TikTok making that process more seamless almost certainly means those power users are going to see — and use — the service differently. Currently, the only way to make money on TikTok is to do brand deals off-platform.
TikTok’s move to work around Apple and Spotify is almost a foregone conclusion —TikTok for artists making TikTok-tailored unvarnished meme-friendly tracks, which are already climbing out onto the Billboard Hot 100 list. But as Pitchfork has reported, TikTok’s precursor Musical.ly has, in the case of a 2016 deal with Warner Brothers, gotten around paying artists for virality but up-front payment to the royalty-holder which trickled down to a meager payment for the band. The supposed upside is that artists get exposure and make money elsewhere.
The news comes at a politically fraught moment for the rapidly growing startup. Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Josh Hawley (R-MO), too, have been beating the warpath, rallying for an investigation () into whether TikTok is smuggling Americans’ data and sending it to the Chinese government. This morning, Hawley announced that he’s introducing the National Security and Personal Data Protection Act, which would, among other things, prohibit Chinese companies from “collecting more data than necessary to provide a service here,” “using collected data for secondary purposes,” and “transferring user data or encryption keys to those countries or storing that data in those countries.” ByteDance repeatedly maintains user data in the U.S., a cold comfort knowing that Chinese U.S. content moderators to remove posts that are potentially displeasing the Communist Party.
TikTok chief says political content is allowed on the viral video app as long as it's 'creative and joyful'
TikTok, the viral video-sharing app, has raised concerns in the US over allegations it censors content at the request of the Chinese government, including political videos. In a recent interview with The New York Times, TikTok chief Alex Zhu said that users don't go on the platform for "political discussion," but that such content is allowed as long as it aligns with TikTok's "creative and joyful experience." Reports have emerged in recent months that TikTok employees remove and restrict "culturally problematic" content on the platform, although the company insists it's independent of its China-based owner, ByteDance.
At a U.S. Congressional hearing earlier this month (at which ByteDance), Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow for Technology, National Security, and Science Policy Klon Kitchen that the Chinese government could hypothetically use photos from TikTok to obtain images of American service people to “train their AI, their autonomous weapons.” When asked by Gizmodo, a TikTok spokesperson was unaware of the hypothetical situation that was floated at a U.S. congressional hearing. And let’s be honest, it’s not the most compelling doomsday scenario when discussing the platform.
In a recent colourful New York Times profile of TikTok head Alex Zhu, TikTok put a human face to its name. Zhu is painted as a somewhat quirky artiste and self-described “designtrepreneur” interested in such delights as “the colour of buttons.” When asked what he would do if Xi Jinping demanded ByteDance to turn over user data, Zhu told the paper, “after barely a moment’s thought ... I would turn him down.” We’ll have to take his word for it.
Facebook gets into the meme-making biz with experimental Whale app
The app was quietly released in Canada last weekThe app’s listing confirms that it’s been developed by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team, which was set up earlier this year to develop new experimental apps for the social media giant. At the time, Facebook said it was using the separate brand name to set the expectation that its apps could change rapidly, or even shut down if the company finds that they’re not useful for people. NPE is also credited with releasing two other apps called Bump and Aux. A Facebook spokesperson told The Information that the apps are intended to help the company discover new features and services that people like.
Today, a Wall Street Journalthat the company is looking into an attempted rebrand to scrub ByteDance’s association with the Chinese government, but that won’t include moving the headquarters.
Is TikTok a good witch or a bad witch or just a good old-fashioned tech companyyour data indiscriminately purely for business purposes the way that ghoulish American companies do it, or what?
When asked by Gizmodo, a TikTok spokesperson directed us to its previousreiterating that the company stores its data outside of China, that its moderation team is U.S.-based, and that they are “not influenced by any foreign government, including the Chinese government.”
Whatever they choose to do with us, we are but slaves to the memes.
Exclusive: China's ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid U.S. probe - sources .
Exclusive: China's ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid U.S. probe - sourcesNEW YORK/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - ByteDance has stepped up efforts to separate its social media app TikTok from much of its Chinese operations, amid a U.S. national security panel's inquiry into the safety of the personal data it handles, people familiar with the matter said.