US launches probe into China-owned app TikTok — reports
04 November 2019 | 8:15 am
The national security probe will look into whether the popular video app sent user data to China, according to several reports. TikTok has denied accusations of censorship and said its data is not subject to Chinese law.
25 Jun 2021
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.
10 Jul 2021
The hometown concert Ed Sheeran staged to celebrate the start of the UEFA Euro 2020 soccer tournament has shattered two TikTok records.
23 Jul 2021
It is the fourth time that the wildly popular video sharing app has been blocked in Pakistan and the third time this year. Free speech advocates are critical of growing censorship since PM Imran Khan took office in 2018.
1 Sep 2021
TikTok tests ability for five-minute videos
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.
25 Oct 2021
The US government has predicted that climate change will exacerbate geopolitical tensions around the world in a series of new reports. The assessments also highlight how global warming will drive mass migration.
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.
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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