Dutch consumer group demands TikTok pay €1.5 billion
25 June 2021 | 5:36 pm
For the second time this month, the video-sharing platform TikTok faces demands to pay more than €1 billion. The company has come under heavy scrutiny for its privacy regulations.
5 Oct 2021
There are some cases of fake news that are clearer than others. Misinformation or blurring the lines of truth and propaganda is an art form that some TikTok accounts appear to have refined. We take a closer look at two examples concerning the war in Syria.
18 Oct 2021
Monday's preliminary hearing is expected to look at the police investigation into the Amsterdam shooting of the crime reporter rather than the evidence itself.
20 Oct 2021
Hailing from the Netherlands, artist Tessa Douwstra performs under the name Luwten, which means "a place without wind" in Dutch. Her music channels traditional indie songwriting through a kaleidoscope of modern pop and experimental R&B. She recently released her second LP entitled "Draft", which features 11 complex and well-crafted tracks. She tells FRANCE 24’s Florence Villeminot about wanting to writing about the transition from introspection to a more outward-focused life.
1 Nov 2021
Prosecutors labeled it "the largest haul discovered so far this year" as Rotterdam becomes a favorite European entry point for cocaine. Europol said the Netherlands and Belgium are becoming hubs for cocaine trafficking.
10 Nov 2021
A 16-year-old girl learned a hand gesture on TikTok to signal for help. Law enforcement says it saved her life. The 16-year-old girl sat beside her alleged kidnapper, looking out the car window at the other people on the road — people who could save her, if they only knew what was happening.
12 Nov 2021
A teenager in the United States was rescued after flashing a hand signal that was popularized on TikTok indicating domestic violence. Experts say sharing such resources on social media can help those most at risk.
21 Nov 2021
The Netherlands is one of Europe's largest per capita emitters of greenhouse gases and the livestock industry is largely to blame. Home to 4 million cows, the country is now under pressure to tackle methane emissions but also a so-called nitrogen crisis ravaging ecosystems.
20 Nov 2021
The oil giant has announced it will take up a new tax residency and remove "Royal Dutch" from its name. The relocation follows a Dutch court order to slash its emissions by 2030.
A migrant shares the challenge of crossing into Greece, and Americans post their resignations on TikTok
3 Dec 2021
The Observers, we caught up with a Syrian migrant who filmed himself crossing the Maritsa river from Turkey to Greece, in order to reach the European Union. He recounts his various trials crossing the river and being confronted by Greek border guards. Then, we go to the United States, where an unprecedented number of people are quitting their jobs, after being fed up with corporate culture and work-life balance during the Covid-19 pandemic. They've shared their #QuitMyJob stories on TikTok.
31 Dec 2021
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Raising awareness of breast cancer risks on TikTok and producing insect larvae to combat food insecurity in DRC
This week on The Observers, we spoke to Cynthia Kå who is using her social media pages to raise awareness of breast cancer among young people. She shares tips on how to prevent, as well as cope, with the disease. Next, we spoke to Murhula Zigabe, an entrepreneur in the Democratic Republic of Congo who is searching for eco-friendly solutions to common problems. He has been raising larvae from black soldier flies to be used as animal feed: an environmental and economical solution to food insecurity.
Nigerian makeup artist-turned Tiktok sensation, Oni Mary, has wowed her audience with her skillful use of makeup to create faces of popular figures in Nigerian history. Her ability to draw life-like images on her chest while facing a mirror has earned her over 7,000 followers with thousands of views for each post.
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OPEC+ is cutting global oil production to drive up prices. The move shows that Russia can still count on the cartel led by Saudi Arabia to help it bolster its war chest.
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Inflation is hitting home for consumers across the EU, with new data showing that a regular cup of coffee may soon become a "luxury" for some. In some countries, the price of coffee is up over 40% compared to last year.
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Two French detainees were shown on TV saying they had been plotting to take down the Iranian regime. France has said the spectacle was staged and illegal.
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The sport's national governing body, US Soccer, commissioned the report after former NWSL players Sinead Farrelly and Mana Shim came forward with allegations of harassment and sexual coercion dating back a decade involving former coach Paul Riley.