TikTok turns its back on political ads
Youth-friendly TikTok on Friday said it won't allow political ads because they would clash with the "light-hearted" feeling at the social network where people share playful video snippets. TikTok, which is owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, is dabbling with paid advertising at the service, which has proven a hit with teenagers, vice president of global business solutions Blake Chandlee said in an online post. "We're intent on always staying true to why users uniquely love the TikTok platform itself: for the app's light-hearted and irreverent feeling that makes it such a fun place to spend time," Chandlee said.
TikTok hid videos posted by people with disabilities , as well as those made by LGBTQ and overweight users , German site Netzpolitik reported By being sorted this way, they're reportedly only visible to a few thousand people rather than globally. TikTok didn't immediately respond to a request
Many users tag their videos with hashtags like #foryou or #fyp. From this stage, TikTok ’s instructions to the moderators said, people with disabilities were to be At that time, moderators were still instructed to drastically limit the reach of people with disabilities and others considered to be at risk of bullying.
, as well as those made by LGBTQ and overweight users, German site Netzpolitik reported Monday, citing leaked documents and an internal source. No matter the content of the videos, they were marked as being uploaded by special users who could be at risk of being bullied, the report said.
The moderation rule is reportedly called "Imagery depicting a subject highly vulnerable to cyberbullying."
Some users are even categorized into "not recommend" by moderators, including people with facial disfigurement, autism and Down syndrome, according to documents published by Netzpolitik. By being sorted this way, they're reportedly only visible to a few thousand people rather than globally.
TikTok's parent company reportedly faces a national security review
Recently TikTok's popularity has exploded worldwide, and so has scrutiny over the app's parent company ByteDance and its relationship to the Chinese government. Now Reuters reports that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has opened a national security review of the company, because it had not sought approval to make its $1 billion acquisition of Musical.ly in 2017. US lawmakers have expressed concern's over theUS lawmakers have expressed concern's over the app's ability to collect data, while the company responded saying "TikTok is committed to being a trusted and responsible corporate citizen in the US, which includes working with Congress and all relevant regulatory agencies.
Social video network TikTok apparently limited the reach of people with disabilities , including facial disfigurement and Down syndrome. According to Netzpolitik.org, which spoke with a source inside the company, the policy was supposed to protect users with a high risk of bullying.
In an attempt to prevent bullying and discrimination, TikTok reportedly limits the reach of users with disabilities with discriminatory practices. The popular video-sharing app TikTok limited the reach of videos by users who are fat, LGBTQ, or have intellectual disabilities .
TikTok didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
The report follows TikTok's apology last week for .that went viral earlier this week. A young TikTok user had while raising awareness about Uighur Muslim community being detained in China. TikTok said Wednesday it wanted to "clarify" and
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Behind Tik Tok, the playful application of music and dance videos, a young Chinese group conquering the
world With 500 million active users of the Tik Tok app, the Chinese group ByteDance and its young founder Zhang Yiming are set out to conquer the planet.
TikTok's video-sharing network has conquered teens around the world with dances, filming challenges and makeup tips. This application of a Chinese digital giant led by an ambitious thirty-year-old boss does not escape, however, controversy, especially around censorship.
The numbers are staggering: some 500 million active users claimed, from the United States to Indonesia. The billion downloads mark was reached in February 2019. TikTok was only launched in autumn 2017 by the Chinese group ByteDance. This is the international version of the application Douyin (his name in Chinese), appeared in 2016 in China.
The concept is effective: short videos focusing on musical subjects, filmed in camera or in the form of choreography on the principle of karaoke or playback, crazy scenarios and bets that launch pre-teens in front of their smartphone . It's simple, creative, fun. The smallest film can be edited, filtered, increased, shared, followed, liked. To look at it, simply slide your finger up and down. Celebrity is within everyone's reach, tubes are born from being taken and taken back as a musical background, such as Old Town Road.
Zhang Yiming, a leading figure in Chinese entrepreneurs
"This huge and immediate success illustrates the relevance of its consumer-focused strategy," says young people who want to communicate in a "more direct and expressive way," says Bo Ji Vice-Dean of the Cheung Kong Business School in Beijing. A recipe similar to that of the music sharing application Musical.ly, mostly present in the United States since 2014 and bought by TikTok in 2017 for more than a billion dollars. The merger allowed for its international takeoff.
What to do with Zhang Yiming, founder of ByteDance in 2012 and now 36 years old, a multi-billionaire and the leading figure of a new generation of Chinese entrepreneurs. The 30-year-old with rimmed glasses has joined in 2019 the top 20 of China's richest men with a fortune of $ 13.5 billion, according to the Hurun reference rankings.
"Mr. Zhang is a very unusual entrepreneur in China, he built something for the whole world, he understands young people and their psychology," Bo Ji insists. "It is primarily a computer programmer," committed to the smooth running of products "and a good connoisseur of technology," said Liu Xingliang, Dean of the DCCI Internet Research Institute.
400 million active users of the Chinese version of Tik Tok
Douyin, Chinese version of TikTok, is number one in the country and, with some 400 million active users according to iResearch, she has attracted celebrities.
However, young Zhang Yiming's first shot was Jinri Toutiao (headlines today), an aggregator of news articles that has become one of the most popular applications in the country. Using artificial intelligence to customize, as on TikTok, the content offered to each user, Toutiao "changed reading habits," Liu Xingliang observes.
A success that ByteDance is trying to repeat internationally: besides the TopBuzz aggregator it offers in the United States, the Chinese took control in 2016 of the Indonesian aggregator BaBe (more than 30 million downloads since its launch in 2013).
Tik Tok banned in Bangladesh
However, ByteDance does not escape the stringent supervision of the internet by the Chinese authorities: Toutiao was accused of "disseminating pornographic and vulgar content", the group has recruited 2,000 "censors" in January 2018. Then he had to promise to inflate his censorship teams to 10,000 employees. Zhang Yiming said he was "devoured by guilt and remorse" for allowing the offending content to leak online.
Controversies are also growing abroad: TikTok was banned in Bangladesh and briefly in India, where the authorities accused him of spreading pornographic videos. TikTok has been fined $ 5.7 million in the United States for illegally collecting personal data from minors.
More perilous: US senators have worried that the owner of TikTok may be forced to "cooperate with the intelligence services of the Chinese Communist Party", endangering "national security". A US federal agency has opened a national security investigation into the application, unveiled in early November the New York Times.
A charge of censorship denied
Questioned by AFP, TikTok had then recalled that the data of its servers outside China were "not subject to Chinese law," and he says willingly "to be influenced by any state , not even China ". To have. A young woman, posing as an American Muslim, said she was blocked by TikTok after broadcasting a viral video in which she denounced the treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang (northwestern China), while pretending to give tips to curl eyelashes.
The app initially denied this charge by assuring that it did not intervene on the contents "for political reasons". She finally admitted Wednesday that she had "suspended" the video in question for 50 minutes and apologized to the young woman.
The American setbacks of the app do not surprise Rui Ma, former investor familiar with Chinese tech: "Foreign investment in the United States is scrutinized more closely, especially from China.TikTok, ultra-downloaded application and popular celebrities, was an obvious target. "
Navy bans TikTok from government-issued phones .
Don't expect to post often on TikTok if you're serving in the US Navy. The military branch has banned use of the social video app on any government-issued mobile devices. ByteDance's software is allegedly a "cybersecurity threat," according to a bulletin. The Navy's Lieutenant Colonel Uriah Orland didn't offer specific reasons for the ban, but the notice asked troops to take action to "safeguard their personal information." There's little doubtThere's little doubt as to why TikTok might face restrictions, though. US politicians remain concerned about TikTok's Chinese ownership and the potential for the app to serve as a conduit for Chinese government plans.