TikTok

Seattle Public Schools Sue Instagram, TikTok, and More for ‘Exploiting’ Youth

[caption id="attachment_387204" align="aligncenter" width="989"] Image: Center for Countering Digital Hate[/caption] Seattle Public Schools on Friday filed a lawsuit against Tiktok, YouTube, Facebook, Snap, Instagram, and their respective parent companies, alleging that these platforms have "successfully exploited the vulnerable brains of youth" for their own profit — reports GeekWire. The public school district, which is the...

TikTok Details How it Recommends Videos For You

Social media platform TikTok has explained in a new blog post how a new feature helps bring more context to content recommended in users’ For You feeds. TikTok's For You feeds enable people to discover an incredible diversity of ideas, creators, products, and entertainment. The company says its system recommends content by ranking videos based on...

TikTok Self-Harm Study is ‘Every Parent’s Nightmare,’ Say Researchers

[caption id="attachment_387204" align="aligncenter" width="989"] Image: Center for Countering Digital Hate[/caption] TikTok has been found to be promoting videos about self-harm and eating disorders to susceptible teens, according to a report published by the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) on Wednesday (via Associated Press News). Social media algorithms try to identify what a user likes...

TikTok Begins Testing Horizontal Fullscreen Videos

TikTok has begun testing the use of fullscreen horizontal videos. Worldwide users may already have access to this new feature. Once widely implemented, TikTok barrels closer towards YouTube's territory in the content creation realm. For those who may already have access to TikTok's fullscreen horizontal videos, a new "full screen" button will be available on...

TikTok Reveals its 2022 Year in Review for Canada

TikTok has revealed its 2022 year in review, highlighting the latest trends, creators, movements and moments that made this year one to remember in Canada and around the world. According to the social network, it says the “TikTok community elevated and celebrated creative expression in new ways–discovering, creating and sharing content that captured our collective imagination.” […]

TikTok Cuts 2022 Revenue Projections by 20% as Growth Slows: Report

TikTok has pulled back its global revenue targets for 2022 by about 20%, down from between $12 billion and $14.5 billion USD to a more modest $10 billion, amidst a slump in online spending — reports the Financial Times. According to four sources familiar with the decision, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew announced the revised revenue...

TikTok’s In-App Browser Can Track Your Keystrokes, Says Researcher

One security researcher's recent probe into the inner workings of the TikTok app has revealed it injects JavaScript code into any and all links opened through its in-app browser that can track and record everything from taps to keystrokes on a webpage (via Forbes). Theoretically, this means that TikTok could record users' passwords and credit...

Apple Employee Threatened With Termination Over Viral TikTok Video

An Apple employee is facing possible termination after posting a TikTok video that has since gone viral. Paris Campbell, who has worked at Apple for six years, posted a TikTok offering some advice to another user who lost their iPhone at Coachella. Campell now allegedly faces termination for identifying herself as an Apple employee, discussing...

Instagram Chief Moving to London as TikTok Battle Ramps Up

Meta's head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, is moving across the pond to the company's King’s Cross offices in London, where he will hire more developers as part of the platform's ongoing efforts to claw back users and market share from TikTok, say unnamed sources speaking to the Financial Times. Mosseri will bring even more workers...

Instagram to Pull Back TikTok Ambitions Amidst Backlash

Instagram is looking to reverse course on a number of aspects previously pitched to the public. In its ambitious attempt to capture some of that TikTok magic, the company wanted to make a number of changes. However, due to user reactions, some of those are being rolled back. Earlier this week, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri...