Saturday, June 19, 2021


TikTok lets creators delete up to 100 bad comments at once

SAN FRANCISCO: Chinese short-video making app TikTok has allowed creators to select and delete up to 100 harassing comments at once.

Instagram rolls out auto-captioning sticker in Stories

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram is rolling out a new sticker to Stories that allows English-speaking users to add auto-generated captions to their videos.

ByteDance CFO takes additional role as TikTok CEO

BEIJING: Chinese technology company ByteDance has appointed its Chief Financial Officer Shouzi Chew to also assume to role of TikTok CEO.
TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer quit the company in August last year amid the dispute with the then Donald Trump administration and the India ban.

Social media blackout in Pak amid anti-France protests

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday blocked social media platforms amid fears that activists of a radical Islamist group might use the technology to stoke violent protests against last year's depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in France.

TikTok most downloaded non-gaming app worldwide in March

SAN FRANCISCO: With more than 58 million installs in March, TikTok became the most downloaded non-gaming app worldwide last month, said a new report.

Signal is fastest growing app as WhatsApp privacy policy inches closer

NEW DELHI: Amid the brouhaha over new and controversial WhatsApp privacy policy that is set to come into force from May 15, privacy-focused messaging app Signal became the fastest-growing app globally, including in India, both in downloads and monthly active users (MAUs) in the first quarter last year, according to a new report.

Instagram launches TikTok style feature 'Remix' on Reels

NEW DELHI: In its bid to further take on Chinese short-form video app TikTok, Facebook-owned Instagram has announced a new feature called Remix that will let users create, share and add their own perspective and fun on its Reels platform.

Pak TikTok star commits suicide after marriage proposal rejection

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani TikTok star from Peshawar has committed suicide after female fan rejected his marriage proposal, a media report said.
Twenty-year-old Shahzad Ahmad, who had over a million followers on the Chinese video-sharing app, had tried to commit suicide in the recent past but was saved, The Express Tribune report said on Thursday.

Pakistan bans TikTok again for 'peddling vulgarity'

NEW DELHI: Pakistan has once again banned Chinese short-video making app TikTok, this time for allegedly peddling vulgarity and spreading objectionable content on its platform.

TikTok makes it easier for creators to connect with fans

SAN FRANCISCO: Chinese short-video making app TikTok has officially launched a new question and answer feature that gives viewers and creators new ways to connect.

300 obscene TikToks of husband, cant be ground for cruelty on wife

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday declined to grant anticipatory bail to a man, who has been accused of cruelty towards his wife. The man claimed his wife had made 300 obscene TikTok videos in his defence, which was rejected by the top court.

Netflix launches TikTok-rival Fast Laughs for mobile users

NEW DELHI: Leading video streaming platform Netflix has launched a TikTok-rival called Fast Laughs that gives mobile users an instant, full-screen feed of funny clips from its huge comedy catalog.

Sex CD: Karnataka minister resigns on moral grounds

BENGALURU: Karnataka water resources minister Ramesh Jarakiholi on Wednesday resigned on 'moral grounds' and also to 'avoid his party facing any embarrassment' after the release of a CD in which he is allegedly seen in a compromising position with a woman.

TikTok agrees to pay $92M in privacy lawsuit in US

SAN FRANCISCO: Chinese short-video making app TikTok has agreed to pay $92 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over privacy violations in the US.

ZASH to acquire TikTok rival Lomotif

SINGAPORA: ZASH Global Media and Entertainment Corp. on Tuesday said it has inked a deal to acquire a majority controlling interest in Lomotif, a Singapore-based video-sharing social networking platform and budding rival to TikTok.

Twitter considered acquiring ShareChat: Report

NEW DELHI: Twitter appears to be serious about expanding its reach in the Indian market and the microblogging platform reportedly even considered buying homegrown social networking platform ShareChat.

FB, Google, Microsoft adopt Australian misinformation code

SYDNEY: Top tech giants like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, TikTok and Twitter have agreed on adopting the Australian Code of Practice on Disinformation and Misinformation that aims to address the spread of fake news and disinformation on online platforms.

Indian children expose themselves on video chat site Omegle

LONDON: Omegle, a live video chat website, has found itself in a massive controversy after a BBC investigation found that children are exposing themselves to strangers on the platform where videos of child pornography are frequently being shared.

Drew Barrymore to Priyanka Chopra: I've loved you at first sight

MUMBAI: Hollywood star Drew Barrymore says she loved Priyanka Chopra Jonas at first sight, adding that she loves the Indian actress's book Unfinished.
I have loved you at first sight but I love your book. There are all the details that you bring us in with you. The part where you and Nick are like full in love and it's just so romantic. You've lived such an extraordinary life. It's hard to pick which facet of your life I'd like to talk to you about," Drew said, when Priyanka was a guest on her talk show, "The Drew Barrymore Show".

Dhakdhak-India Ke Dil Ki Dhadkan: Indian Content, Made By Indian Creators, For Indian Fans

NEW DELHI:The Pune based tech start-up, Dhakdhak Pvt Ltd, just launched their short-video app: DHAKDHAK - India Ke Dil Ki Dhadkan.

70% OTT users say threats to artists, directors, producers are worrying

NEW DELHI: Seventy per cent OTT users do not approve of threats of intimidation, violence and death issued to artists, directors and producers of movies and shows.

TikTok star's death: BJP demands Sena minister's scalp, CM assures probe

MUMBAI/PUNE: Mounting pressure on Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, senior BJP leaders on Saturday demanded the arrest of state cabinet minister Sanjay Rathod, whose name has cropped up vis-a-vis the death of 22-year-old TikTok star Pooja Chavan.

Twitter-India war: Letter game, arrest threats but no action

NEW DELHI: The tussle between Twitter and the Union government reached its zenith on Thursday with a firebrand speech in the Rajya Sabha by IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad cautioning the micro-blogging platform to pay heed to the law of the land -- raising the pitch beyond issuing notices and social media posts.

TikTok-Oracle deal in jeopardy as Biden reviews security: Report

WASHINGTON: The TikTok-Oracle deal that had the blessing of former US President Donald Trump has been shelved indefinitely, allegedly at the behest of the new administration, the media reported on Wednesday.

ByteDance-Tencent legal battle on as China toughens antitrust rules

BEIJING:The Beijing Intellectual Property Court has accepted the case filed by Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok owned by ByteDance, against the Internet giant Tencent over alleged monopolistic behaviour.

TikTok rival Snapchat Spotlight crosses 100M monthly users

SAN FRANCISCO: Popular social media app Snapchat that launched in-app Spotlight in November last year to take on Chinese short-video making app Tiktok, has seen the platform growing to over 100 million monthly active users in January.

Instagram to launch vertical feed for Stories soon

NEW DELHI: Facebook-owned Instagram is now working on new vertical feed for Stories, the way TikTok first used and Reels on Instagram has already cloned the feature.

TikTok to cut jobs in India after ban extends

NEW DELHI: About seven months after facing a ban in India, short video-sharing platform TikTok on Wednesday said it would scale down the size of its workforce constituting over 2,000 employees in the country.

Centre set to permanently ban 59 Chinese apps

NEW DELHI: The Union Government has decided to permanently ban 59 Chinese mobile applications including TikTok.
The development comes several months after the government had first banned Chinese apps temporarily in last June.

TikTok makes teenagers' accounts more private by default

NEW DELHI: Chinese short-video making app TikTok on Wednesday introduced new privacy controls for teenagers (age 13-15) on its platform, saying their accounts will now be more private by default and strangers cant see or comment on their videos.

TikTok unveils 1st AR filter with iPhone 12 Pro's LiDAR camera

NEW DELHI: Chinese short-video making app Tikok hs released its first augmented reality (AR) filter that uses iPhone 12 Pro's LiDAR camera.
The filter utilises the iPhone 12 Pro's LiDAR sensor that helps improve AR experiences by enabling apps to more quickly see and recognise the room around them.

Citing India, Trump blocks 8 Chinese apps over national security

SAN FRANCISCO:  Taking India's example of banning more than 200 Chinese apps, US President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order that blocks transactions with Chinese companies running eight apps, including Jack Ma-owned Ant Group's Alipay, Tencent's QQ and WeChat Pay applications.

Google testing feature to show videos from Instagram, TikTok

NEW DELHI: In a bid to retain users on its platform, Google is testing a new feature where Instagram and TikTok videos will appear in their own dedicated carousel in the Google app for mobile devices, the media reported on Wednesday.

Homegrown apps capture 40% market share of TikTok since ban

NEW DELHI: Homegrown short-video making apps led by Josh have captured 40 per cent market share of their Chinese rival TikTok since the Indian government banned it along with other apps in June this year, according to a new report.

US opens probe into users' data collection by 9 top tech firms

SAN FRANCISCO: In yet another blow to Big Tech, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a new investigation into the data collection practices of nine companies, including Facebook, Google-owned YouTube, Amazon, Twitter, WhatsApp and others.

Facebook launches another Tik Tok-rival Collab for iOS users

SAN FRANCISCO:Taking on Chinese short-video making platform TikTok once again, Facebooks has launched a new iOS app called Collab for making and mixing music with friends in the pandemic.

TikTok testing longer, 3-minute videos to take on YouTube

NEW DELHI: Chinese short-video making platform TikTok is reportedly planning to allow its users longer, three-minute videos in an apparent bid to take on YouTube.

Cartel TikTok: Narcos post guns, drugs and boat chase videos

NEW YORK: If you are fascinated by the narco TV series on streaming platforms like Netflix, read on as the drug cartels have now gone live on social media and the Chinese short-video making platform TikTok is their new destination.

US grants TikTok 7-day extension for sale of its US biz

WASHINGTON: The Donald Trump administration has granted China's ByteDance further seven-day extension to sell its short video-sharing platform TikTok's American business.

Snapchat launches Spotlight, to pay top creators $1mn a day

NEW DELHI:Taking on TikTok, Popular photo-messaging platform Snapchat on Monday officially released Spotlight where Snapchatters will also have the opportunity to earn like they do on the Chinese short-video making app.


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