Technology TikTok report says China didn't request user info in the first half of 2019
TikTok’s global social media takeover is starting to slow down
The Chinese social app just hit a big growth snagIn the two and a half years since it launched outside China, TikTok has seen astounding growth, adding more than 500 million users so far this year and closing in on 1.5 billion users in total. But according to new data from mobile analytics firm SensorTower, TikTok just experienced its first ever growth slowdown on a quarterly basis.
In its, TikTok claims it didn't receive any user information requests from the Chinese government in the first half of 2019. Instead, the majority of both legal and government-related requests came from India. In all, TikTok says it fielded 107 legal requests related to 143 Indian accounts, and provided authorities with user information in 47 percent of cases.
Following India, TikTok received the most user information requests from American authorities. In the US, it got 79 requests related to 255 accounts, and went on to share information in 86 percent of cases. In third was Japan, where authorities requested information 35 times.
TikTok hits 1.5 billion downloads, report says
The app has had 614 million downloads so far just this year, according to mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower. The social video app is currently the third most downloaded non-gaming app of the year, after WhatsApp at No. 1 and Messenger at No. 2, according to the firm. Facebook and Instagram rank in fourth and fifth place, respectively, the survey says.© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. TikTok is currently the third most downloaded non-gaming app of 2019, according to Sensor Tower.
"To foster candid dialogue essential to earning and maintaining trust, we are publishing our first transparency report this year, providing insight into how we responsibly respond to legal requests regarding user content," TikTok said. "Through regular updates, we aim to give our community the opportunity to better understand the actions we take on their behalf and evaluate us based on up-to-date information."
While it might be tempting to suggest ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns and operates TikTok, isn't being fully transparent, there's a more likely explanation for any missing Chinese stats. It's that TikTok isn't available in China. In its home country, ByteDance offers a separate but similar app called Douyin. According to areport published last year, all of ByteDance's TikTok servers are located outside of China.
TikTok reportedly restricts the reach of users with disabilities
Videos are tagged in special categories to prevent bullying, a report says.The moderation rule is reportedly called "Imagery depicting a subject highly vulnerable to cyberbullying.
The report comes as ByteDance attempts to convince American lawmakers that the Chinese government is using TikTok to spy on US citizens. Earlier this week, the, , banned the use of the app on government-issued phones out of cybersecurity concerns. ByteDance has reportedly in TikTok as a way to address those concerns. In the meantime, TikTok it will issue a transparency report for the second half of 2019 sometime in the next few months. ,
What is ToTok, the Emirati app withdrawn by Google and Apple?
The mobile messaging application has been removed from Google and Apple application stores after suspicion of user spying.
It is a mobile messaging application developed by a company in the United Arab Emirates, "Breej Holding". Her name ? Totok. The app was removed from theand Apple app stores on Monday evening after suspicion of user spying appeared.
Thehas indeed published an investigation accusing the UAE intelligence services of having direct access to the messages and video conversations exchanged on ToTok, as well as to geolocation data, the contact list, cameras, microphones and phone calendar. ToTok follows the position of users thanks to geolocation, under the guise of providing precise weather forecasts. He searches for new contacts each time a user opens the application, under the pretext of helping to connect with his friends.
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According to the Times, ToTok is actually a front company of DarkMatter, a cyber-intelligence and hacking firm linked to the UAE government. A US intelligence report quoted by the Times would also link ToTok to Pax AI, an artificial intelligence company headquartered in the same building as the UAE listening agency in Abu Dhabi.Valuable information on political dissidents
As noted by, instead of paying hackers as other states do, Abu Dhabi could thus recover via ToTok, with its galaxy of data, precious information on d 'possible forms of political dissent.
If the leaders of the United Arab Emirates, one of the United States' closest allies in the Middle East, tout their country as an example of a modern and moderate Arab nation, this state has however forefront of using surveillance technology to suppress internal dissent, notes the New York Times. The UAE government is indeed restricting access to messaging services like and Skype, a reality that has made ToTok particularly attractive in the country.
In a message published on its website Monday to respond to "rumors", ToTok does not deny any of these accusations made by the New York Times, and essentially talks about its recent success.An application launched this summer and which has become popular
Apple has indicated that ToTok will no longer be downloadable while the firm is studying the situation. However, people who have already installed ToTok on their smartphones can continue to use it. ToTok has confirmed that it is no longer available on the Apple Store and the Google Play Store, attributing the unavailability to "a technical problem".
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The app launched on July 31, like theNumerama, recently became popular, particularly in the Middle East, and was starting to be widely downloaded in North America and Europe. , the Chinese telecommunications giant, had recently promoted ToTok in advertisements.
ToTok, whose name closely resembles that of the Chinese application TikTok, launched in 2017, was fairly classic in its form and borrowed a lot from the design of WhatsApp with its white and sober design, a cat with small green bubbles and a read confirmation. She insisted on the possibility of making HD video calls.
ToTok seems to have been relatively easy to develop, says the New York Times. It appears to be a copy of a Chinese messaging application offering free video calls, YeeCall, slightly customized for the English and Arabic audience.
TikTok fixed a flaw that could have exposed user accounts .
TikTok has been the subject of national security concerns for some time, and now things are set to get a little more uncomfortable for the company. According to cybersecurity company Check Point, the popular app had serious vulnerabilities that could have allowed hackers to obtain personal information and manipulate user data. The vulnerability could have resulted in TikTok users being sent messages containing malicious links. If clicked, attackers could take control of user accounts. Check Point also discovered a separate flaw, which allowed researchers to obtain personal information via TikTok's website.
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