France warns against TikTok but also goes after US social apps
French lawmakers want to stop not just TikTok, but also its American cousins.
This week POLITICO reports that "top members of France's National Assembly" have strongly encouraged fellow MPs to "limit" their use of social media apps and messaging services. The urging message was sent in what POLI... Read more
Dutch government will ban TikTok on work phones of civil servants
The Dutch State Secretary for Digitalization Alexandra van Huffelen has announced that spy-sensitive apps, such as TikTok, will soon no longer be allowed on the work phones of government officials. Until then, civil servants are discouraged from having such apps installed and used on mobile work de... Read more
TikTok unveils new data security policy to placate EU regulators
The Chinese social media giant is attempting to head off a general ban threatened by both the EU and the US
This week, TikTok announced a new European data security regime in an attempt to assuage security fears that have already led to limited bans on both sides of the Atlantic.
The new reg... Read more
Comply with EU rules or prepare for a ban, Breton warns TikTok CEO
Chinese social media company TikTok could be banned from the European Union if it doesn't do more to comply with EU legislation before September, according to the top official overseeing the EU's internal market.
Commissioner Thierry Breton warned TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew that the company needs t... Read more
US House of Representatives bans TikTok
According to the House's administration arm, the prevalent Chinese video app TikTok has indeed been banned across all US House of Representatives-managed devices, mirroring a regulation that will shortly go into effect prohibiting the service from US government devices.
The app is considered "hi... Read more
Big tech revenue drops due to decline in advertisements
Tech giants like Google and Meta are losing revenue due to a changing online advertising market.
Google, Meta and smaller tech companies like SnapChat and Spotify have recently presented disappointing quarterly figures. Google recorded revenue growth of 6 percent over the third quarter of 2022,... Read more
Facebook’s revamp leaves it looking like TikTok
Meta revealed an updated Facebook app that closely resembles TikTok. The update will be pushed to users next week.
The tab features a 'Suggested for You' option that brings users to content unrelated to their page. The design is highly similar to TikTok.
Earlier this month, part of the rele... Read more
TikTok under fire in Europe
TikTok received an official warning from Italy's Data Protection Authority (DPA). TikTok no longer asks European users for permission to process personal data in targeted ads. The organization invoked a new basis for data processing, but the Italian privacy authority disputes its ground.
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‘TikTok acquisition by Oracle put on back burner’
The acquisition of the social medium TikTok by Oracle seems to have been put on hold for the time being, now that Joe Biden has taken over as US President from Donald Trump. Biden first wants to re-examine the security risks of the app.
According to The Wall Street Journal sources, the US govern... Read more
The many IT challenges Joe Biden will face
As of Wednesday, 20 January 2021, Joe Biden is the new President of the United States. As Biden said in his inauguration speech, he has many problems to tackle. In this modern world, many of those problems are IT-related. What are the challenges facing Biden?
The main issue facing Biden is the t... Read more