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.
19 Feb 2021
We all need a bit of cheering up at the moment, so as part of FRANCE 24's week-long series on Covid vs Culture, in this edition we're talking about some of the positive ways the arts are fighting back in the Covid-19 era. One of them is how France's most traditional cultural spaces are getting down with the kids on TikTok.
15 Mar 2021
The US has labeled five Chinese tech companies, including Huawei, as national security risks. President Joe Biden may be continuing his predcessor's hardline stance against China's growing technological dominance.
17 Mar 2021
This week, we're focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of France's influencers. On YouTube, TikTok, blogs and Instagram, they count their followers in the millions. However, France's "content creators" are still in the process of exploring all the potential of their virtual sway. In this show we see how brands and marketing teams are actively harnessing this grassroots power. We also see how influencers are being included in political campaigns. Finally, we check out the online trends to look out for from social media stars in the future.
16 Mar 2021
TikTok became a site for anti-Kremlin content during recent opposition protests in Russia. Now, the tightening grip of the authorities on social media platforms and the internet could push bloggers into opposition.
15 Mar 2021
The authorities in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka pledged to close over 1,000 Islamic schools and formally ban burqas. The government also granted itself powers to detain suspects for "deradicalization."
24 Mar 2021
Only two days after his prison release, activist Andy Li has been charged with foreign collusion under Beijing's sweeping security legislation. Li and 11 other activists had tried to escape to Taiwan.
8 Apr 2021
TikTok has been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines after failing to delete videos that promoted unsanctioned rallies in Russia.
24 Apr 2021
Hong Kong holds a "National Security Education Day", the first since the security law's imposition last year, with activities across the city to burnish the security forces and outline the threats China perceives in Hong Kong.
25 Apr 2021
Tech-savvy Catholic priests in the Philippines are turning to Tiktok to connect with young believers, dancing to popular songs and sharing homilies in the video-sharing platform as the pandemic forced the Catholic-majority country’s faithful online.
4 Jun 2021
A Dutch parents group claims that TikTok is putting children at risk with its content and is collecting too much data. They claim the Chinese smartphone app is in breach of EU law.
11 Jun 2021
US President Joe Biden has halted the move to ban the Chinese-developed apps as his adminsitration conducts their own review into whether they are really a national security threat.
21 Jun 2021
Human rights activists warn the law "criminalizes free speech" and forces Hong Kongers to "pledge loyalty" to Beijing. "It's about training people to conform to Chinese Communist Party rules."
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