Politics TikTok repeats as highest earning social media app in third quarter
TikTok removed 37 million videos in India this year before it was banned
TikTok removed more videos in India than any other country in the first half of this year before it was banned by the government.The company took down nearly 37.7 million videos in the country, TikTok said in a transparency report released on Tuesday. The report covers the first six months of the year, just before TikTok was banned in India as tensions rose between New Delhi and Beijing. TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company.
TikTok was again the highest earning social media app in the last three months, despite a tumultuous couple of months over the fate of the popular video sharing platform in the U.S. over challenges posed by the Trump administration.
It was the second consecutive quarter TikTok ranked above other non-game apps, according to by marketing intelligence group Sensor Tower on Thursday.
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As negotiations over a potential Oracle-Walmart deal simmer, a Trump administration order that could remove TikTok from Apple and Google app stores is looming.The figure was revealed in court filings on Wednesday as the Chinese-owned company appealed to a U.S. judge to grant an injunction against a Trump administration order that could see the app removed from Apple and Google stores in the U.S. Sunday.
YouTube, Tinder, Tencent Video and Disney+ round out the top five grossing non-game apps in the last three months, according to the data which does not include revenue from in-app advertising.
TikTok was also the most downloaded non-game app in the third quarter, followed by Facebook, Zoom, WhatsApp and Instagram.
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President Trump has pushed to overhaul how the Chinese-owned platform operates in the U.S., due to potential security concerns the administration has raised. The administration's concerns around TikTok are related to the Trump administration's larger efforts to clamp down on Chinese tech companies amid increasing tensions between China and the U.S.
TikTok download ban temporarily blocked by US judge in a blow to the Trump administration
A federal judge on Sunday ruled in favor of TikTok, just hours before the download ban was scheduled to go into effect.On Wednesday, TikTok filed for the preliminary injunction against the Justice Department order, which would ban downloads of the TikTok app in the US beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. As Business Insider's Paige Leskin previously reported, lawyers for TikTok filed the request as part of TikTok's lawsuit against the US government, which challenges the legality of the president's proposed ban.
A federal judge on Sunday the federal ban on the app. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, wrote that while the Trump administration "has provided ample evidence that China presents a significant national security threat," the "specific evidence of the threat" posed by TikTok "remains less substantial."
The judge's order allows TikTok to operate normally in the U.S. at least until a full court hearing can be held. It blocks a Commerce Department deadline that would have removed TikTok from app stores on Sept. 27.
The Beijing-based ByteDance has yet to receive final approval from the federal government on its new arrangement with American companies Oracle and Walmart.
A proposed TikTok deal under consideration by Beijing and Washington would establish a U.S.-headquartered TikTok Global and include a partnership with the two American companies, but would preserve the involvement of Beijing-based Byte Dance.
Oracle Would Get Access to TikTok Code in Proposed Deal .
Oracle Corp. will get full access to review TikTok’s source code and updates to make sure there are no back doors used by the company’s Chinese parent to gather data on the video-sharing app’s 100 million American users, according to people familiar with the matter. © Bloomberg TikTok app TikTok parent ByteDance Ltd. and Oracle submitted these details in their proposal to the Trump administration with a goal of averting an outright sale of the app or a shutdown of its U.S. operations set to take effect Sept. 20. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to ban the app in a pair of executive orders issued last month based on U.