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TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has left the company, less than three months after he joined the hit short video app, and U.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas will replace him on an interim basis, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.

TikTok chief Kevin Mayer quits after less than three months

TikTok Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mayer has left the company, less than three months after he joined the hit short video app, and U.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas will replace him on an interim basis, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.
Facebook on Tuesday said the coronavirus pandemic has users flocking to its services while it undermines ad revenue on which the world’s biggest social network depends.

Facebook agrees to pay France €106 million in back taxes

US social media giant Facebook on Monday said it has agreed with the French government to pay €106m ($125m) in back taxes for its French operations over a decade-long period from 2009, and to pay 50 percent more tax in the current year.
TikTok has sued President Donald Trump’s administration for banning transactions with parent company ByteDance.

TikTok sues Donald Trump administration over US ban

TikTok has sued President Donald Trump’s administration for banning transactions with parent company ByteDance. “The [Trump] administration ignored our extensive efforts to address its concerns, which we conducted fully and in good faith,” TikTok wrote in a press release. “We do not take suing the government lightly, however we feel we have no choice but to take action to protect our rights, and the rights of our community and employees.”
President Donald Trump is days away from announcing strong action against the popular Chinese-owned video sharing app TikTok to protect US national security, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.

TikTok pulls 380,000 videos in US for hate content

TikTok on Thursday said it has removed more than 380,000 videos in the US this year as part of a part of a mission to "eliminate hate" on the platform.
Ignace Sossou quoted on his Facebook and Twitter pages comments made by Benin’s public prosecutor Mario Metonou at a media event to discuss fake news on December 17.

Court ruling paves the way for Facebook to settle its facial recognition lawsuit

Facebook won preliminary approval late on Wednesday from a federal court for settlement of a lawsuit that claimed it illegally collected and stored biometric data of millions of users without their consent.
Instant messaging app, Telegram, has launched a video call service as part of activities marking its seventh anniversary.

Telegram launches video call service

Instant messaging app, Telegram, has launched a video call service as part of activities marking its seventh anniversary.
Facebook is launching a new digital platform that will let event organizers create paid online events to try to fill the gap created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the social media giant announced on Friday.

Facebook accuses the ‘Apple tax’ of stifling its plan to help struggling small businesses

Facebook is launching a new digital platform that will let event organizers create paid online events to try to fill the gap created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the social media giant announced on Friday.
Several major US companies have expressed their concern over the effects of the Trump administration’s executive order targeting WeChat, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

WSJ: Apple, Ford, and Disney push back on Donald Trump’s WeChat ban

Several major US companies have expressed their concern over the effects of the Trump administration’s executive order targeting WeChat, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. “More than a dozen” companies including Apple, Ford, Walmart, and Disney are all said to have taken part in a call with White House officials on Tuesday where the companies detailed the adverse consequences that a ban on WeChat could have on their own businesses.
(FILES) This file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US online news and social networking service Twitter displayed on computers’ screens. – Twitter said July 28, 2020 it had withdrawn a video retweeted by President Donald Trump in which doctors made allegedly false claims about the coronavirus pandemic, after Facebook took similar action. “Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy. We are taking action in line with our policy,” a Twitter spokesperson said, declining to give details on how many people had watched the video.The video was also removed by Facebook on Monday evening, said a company spokesperson, explaining that the footage shared “false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19.” (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)

Twitter rolls out new reply controls to combat trolls

In an effort to make Twitter seem less like a cesspool, the company is rolling out new settings that will allow all users to control who can reply to tweets. Twitter began testing the feature earlier this year and said the results of that experiment convinced it to make the tools available to all users starting today.
China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app.

TikTok announces first wave of creators set to receive payment for their videos

Dr. Fayez (@lifeofadoctor), an emergency medicine doctor, has amassed more than 500,000 followers on the app since starting TikTok in 2019 and is known for “mythbusting common misconceptions within healthcare, or giving his audience a glimpse on his everyday life as a doctor,” according to a new TikTok blog post. Matt Gresia (@mattgresia) is an entrepreneur who uses TikTok to teach business skills to his more than 13 million subscribers.
China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app.

Twitter, TikTok consider merger

Twitter is in preliminary discussions for a possible combination with TikTok, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, after US President Donald Trump said he would ban the app, calling it a threat to national security.
The US administration’s move to ban US residents from doing business with Tencent’s WeChat app rippled through Chinese markets, erasing US$46-billion from the Internet giant’s market value and sending the yuan to its biggest slump in two weeks.

Tencent loses $46 billion as US moves to ban WeChat

The Donald Trump administration’s move to ban US residents from doing business with Tencent’s WeChat app rippled through Chinese markets, erasing US$46-billion from the Internet giant’s market value and sending the yuan to its biggest slump in two weeks.
Facebook on Tuesday said the coronavirus pandemic has users flocking to its services while it undermines ad revenue on which the world’s biggest social network depends.

Facebook bans one of the largest QAnon groups for violating harassment, hate speech policies

Facebook has removed one of the largest public QAnon groups for violating the company’s policies on misinformation, bullying, hate speech, and harassment, Reuters reported. The group, called Official Q/Qanon had almost 200,000 members, was deleted after numerous posts were taken down. A Facebook spokesperson told Reuters that the company was monitoring other QAnon groups as well.
China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app.

Growing number of countries mull TikTok restriction over China links

US President Donald Trump looming TikTok ban may only be the beginning of the popular video app’s headaches, as a growing number of nations are becoming suspicious of its ties to China.
President Donald Trump is days away from announcing strong action against the popular Chinese-owned video sharing app TikTok to protect US national security, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.

TikTok banning deepfakes to better protect against misinformation

TikTok is establishing new moderation policies today to better protect its platform against misinformation, election interference, and other forms of manipulative content ahead of the 2020 election. The company, which is currently embroiled in an unprecedented acquisition negotiation with Microsoft following threats of a US ban, says it now explicitly bans deepfakes. Deepfakes are artificial intelligence-powered manipulations of audio and video designed to mislead people about something someone may have done or said.
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WhatsApp adds search feature to help users debunk viral messages

WhatsApp is piloting a new feature that lets users quickly search the contents of viral messages to fact-check misinformation, the company has announced.
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China will not accept US ‘theft’ of TikTok

China says it will not accept the U.S.’ “theft” of a Chinese technology company, state media reported on Tuesday.
United States Army soldiers can no longer use TikTok on government-owned phones following a decision to ban the app.

Donald Trump gives Microsoft 45 days to seal TikTok deal

President Donald Trump only agreed to allow Microsoft to negotiate the acquisition of popular short-video app TikTok if it could secure a deal in 45 days, three people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

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