Articles about TikTok

TikTok is an extremely popular video-sharing social networking service headquartered in China. Owned by a Beijing-based internet technology company named ByteDance, the app was founded in 2016 with a mission “to inspire creativity and bring joy.” In 2018, it merged with Shanghai-based social media service, musical.ly, and became available globally. Apart from Beijing, TikTok has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul, and Tokyo. TikTok allows one to make music and lip-sync videos lasting some 3 to 15 seconds, and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds. The platform is regularly in the news for new features, some of which are new and some of which are imitations of features already implemented by other mainstream social media platforms. In early August of 2021, TikTok confirmed that it is testing a new Stories feature with a small subset of users. The feature is reminiscent of Instagram’s Stories feature which has been around for far longer.

TikTok confirms that it is testing a new Stories feature

06 Aug 2021

TikTok confirms that it is testing a new Stories feature

On one hand, Twitter has discontinued its "stories" feature called Fleets while on the other hand, popular short video app TikTok has confirmed that it is developing a feature called TikTok Stories that should work just like Instagram Stories.

From now on, Instagram's Reels can be one minute long

29 Jul 2021

From now on, Instagram's Reels can be one minute long

So far, Instagram only allowed users of its TikTok rival called Reels to make short videos that were half a minute long. The platform now announced that the maximum duration for Reels has been extended to a full minute (60 seconds).

NewsBytes Briefing: Biden shows China some love, and more

11 Jun 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Biden shows China some love, and more

US President Joe Biden's love hate relationship with China continues with his latest order revoking his predecessor Donald Trump's executive orders against Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat apps.

Biden administration revokes Trump-era orders against TikTok and WeChat

10 Jun 2021

Biden administration revokes Trump-era orders against TikTok and WeChat

During his term as President, Donald Trump fired executive orders against Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat in August, calling their widespread use a "national emergency".

Pakistani man drowns while filming TikTok video

31 May 2021

Pakistani man drowns while filming TikTok video

A 25-year-old Pakistani man drowned in the Jhelum river in Punjab province while shooting a video for TikTok, according to a media report on Monday.

Instagram could reward content creators with Bonuses for uploading Reels

25 May 2021

Instagram could reward content creators with Bonuses for uploading Reels

In today's age where social media is drawing flak for targeted advertising, firms such as Facebook, its subsidiaries, Snap Inc., and Twitter are desperately trying to monetize their platforms in other ways.

Snap challenges Instagram with host of updates for Creators, Businesses

21 May 2021

Snap challenges Instagram with host of updates for Creators, Businesses

Snap Inc. has announced a host of updates that allow Snapchat to consolidate its reach among creators, developers, and businesses alike.

NewsBytes Briefing: ByteDance co-founder steps down as CEO, and more

21 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: ByteDance co-founder steps down as CEO, and more

While the Big Tech oligarchy unpersoned a sitting US President, China seemingly took those lessons to heart and began cracking down on the tech oligarchy within its own backyard.

TikTok India CEO Nikhil Gandhi resigns one year after ban

16 May 2021

TikTok India CEO Nikhil Gandhi resigns one year after ban

Video sharing app TikTok's India CEO Nikhil Gandhi has reportedly resigned from his post, almost a year after the app was permanently banned in the country.

NewsBytes Briefing: New vulnerability affects every internet-connected device, and more

15 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: New vulnerability affects every internet-connected device, and more

Security researchers have discovered a new FragAttack vulnerability that isn't restricted to smartphones, but encompasses absolutely every single device bearing Wi-Fi capability. It even compromises the new WPA3 Wi-Fi security protocol.

YouTube begins global roll-out of TikTok clone Shorts

12 May 2021

YouTube begins global roll-out of TikTok clone Shorts

After borrowing from Instagram Stories, YouTube has its eyes on TikTok with YouTube Shorts. The video sharing platform is rolling out its short video format globally after more than a year of development and testing.

Instagram Reels' latest feature called Remix mimics Duets from TikTok

01 Apr 2021

Instagram Reels' latest feature called Remix mimics Duets from TikTok

It's no secret that Instagram Reels is Facebook's version of TikTok. And, now Instagram's new Remix feature announced yesterday mimics TikTok's Duet feature.

NewsBytes Briefing: India continues to punish TikTok, and more

01 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: India continues to punish TikTok, and more

The best way to deal with bullies is to inflict a significant cost for their belligerence. And India has been doing a fine job hurting the economic interests of China for its border transgressions.

India freezes TikTok parent ByteDance's bank accounts in fresh blow

31 Mar 2021

India freezes TikTok parent ByteDance's bank accounts in fresh blow

Indian authorities have frozen the bank accounts of TikTok owner ByteDance on grounds of alleged tax evasion by the Chinese firm.

Netflix releases Fast Laughs, a TikTok-rivaling short video feature

04 Mar 2021

Netflix releases Fast Laughs, a TikTok-rivaling short video feature

Noticing its audience's decreasing attention span and the success of short-video platforms like TikTok, Netflix has now created a similar feature.

NewsBytes Briefing: Zuckerberg goes full Sopranos on Apple, and more

16 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Zuckerberg goes full Sopranos on Apple, and more

Last month, we had predicted how Apple's new-found love for privacy was an act of war and that it would lead to the Silicon Valley equivalent of a gang war.

ByteDance could sell TikTok's Indian assets to rival firm Glance

16 Feb 2021

ByteDance could sell TikTok's Indian assets to rival firm Glance

Short-video app TikTok's parent company ByteDance is reportedly exploring the possibility of selling its Indian assets to rival unicorn firm Glance.

NewsBytes Briefing: Narendra Modi draws inspiration from MrBeast, and more

15 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Narendra Modi draws inspiration from MrBeast, and more

It's official, even our supreme leader Narendra Modi is most likely a fan of YouTube philanthropist MrBeast.

Biden slams brakes on Trump's TikTok and WeChat bans

12 Feb 2021

Biden slams brakes on Trump's TikTok and WeChat bans

US President Joe Biden has been quite busy passing executive orders undoing Donald Trump's policy decisions. Many of these orders involve reversing Trump administration's measures meant to keep China in check.

NewsBytes Briefing: Elon's trying to tell us something, and more

08 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Elon's trying to tell us something, and more

The US has printed more money last year than it did in two centuries since its founding. In a totally unrelated incident, the world's billionaires grew richer by $10.5 trillion.

Indian Government will continue ban on PUBG and TikTok

26 Jan 2021

Indian Government will continue ban on PUBG and TikTok

The Indian Government has reportedly sent notices to Chinese app makers relaying that their existing bans will continue. The government had blocked 59 Chinese apps in June and 118 more in September last year.

TikTok star Shadab Khan accused of rape, denies allegations

16 Jan 2021

TikTok star Shadab Khan accused of rape, denies allegations

TikTok star Shadab Khan has been accused of sexual exploitation and rape by his former girlfriend.

Facebook, WhatsApp, TikTok among most popular apps of 2020

14 Jan 2021

Facebook, WhatsApp, TikTok among most popular apps of 2020

The market of mobile apps continued to grow in 2020 in spite (or rather because) of the pandemic.

'Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical' earns over $1mn for actors

03 Jan 2021

'Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical' earns over $1mn for actors

Once in a blue moon do we get a social media trend that is endorsed by its original creators.

62% of cybercrime complaints linked to financial frauds: Delhi Police

25 Dec 2020

62% of cybercrime complaints linked to financial frauds: Delhi Police

At least 62% of the cybercrime complaints lodged in 2020 were related to financial frauds, Delhi Police said in a statement.

Dailyhunt is now a unicorn, receives $100 million funding

22 Dec 2020

Dailyhunt is now a unicorn, receives $100 million funding

VerSe Innovation, the parent company of local language news aggregator Dailyhunt, has received more than $100 million in funding from tech giants Google, Microsoft, and Falcon Edge's Alpha Wave Incubation

Microsoft Surface Duo coming to Canada and Europe in early-2021

16 Dec 2020

Microsoft Surface Duo coming to Canada and Europe in early-2021

Microsoft is all set to launch its dual-screen smartphone, the Surface Duo, in Canada, France, Germany, and the UK in early-2021, the company has confirmed via a blog post.

Centre bans 43 more mobile apps; check full list here

24 Nov 2020

Centre bans 43 more mobile apps; check full list here

The central government on Tuesday decided to ban 43 mobile applications for being "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity" of India.

US: Trump administration's TikTok sale deadline extended by 15 days

14 Nov 2020

US: Trump administration's TikTok sale deadline extended by 15 days

American authorities have given ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, additional time to divest the popular short-video platform's business to resolve national security concerns raised by the Trump administration.

US: TikTok goes to court against President Trump's divestiture order

11 Nov 2020

US: TikTok goes to court against President Trump's divestiture order

Running out of time, courtesy of an order passed by US President Donald Trump, TikTok has approached a US Appeals Court. On August 14, the President had directed TikTok's parent company ByteDance to divest TikTok within 90 days — the deadline ends on Thursday.

Three new features coming to Instagram Live: Details here

28 Oct 2020

Three new features coming to Instagram Live: Details here

In a new development, photo-sharing app Instagram has extended the duration of its Live video to four hours from the existing timeframe of 60 minutes. It will also provided an option to save the Live videos for 30 days.

#WeeklyRecap: Nobel Prizes, Pixel 4a, Galaxy S20 FE, and more

11 Oct 2020

#WeeklyRecap: Nobel Prizes, Pixel 4a, Galaxy S20 FE, and more

This week, the biggest news in science and technology was the announcement of Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, and Medicine.

Pakistan is banning TikTok, but not over national security

09 Oct 2020

Pakistan is banning TikTok, but not over national security

The problems for TikTok are far from over.

BTS to release second album of the year in November

30 Sep 2020

BTS to release second album of the year in November

Famed Korean pop-band BTS is on a roll!

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok granted injunction against US ban, and more

28 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok granted injunction against US ban, and more

Over the weekend, TikTok won a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration, which prevents the hit video service from getting banned in the US.

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok files for injunction against ban, and more

24 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok files for injunction against ban, and more

As ByteDance's TikTok deal is likely to see more delays owing to China's pending approval, the video company is moving to prevent itself from getting banned by Trump administration.

NewsBytes Briefing: China won't approve TikTok deal, and more

23 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: China won't approve TikTok deal, and more

Even as TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart came close to finalizing a deal, China is not ready to let the service off the hook.

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok ban delayed, WeChat ban blocked, and more

21 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok ban delayed, WeChat ban blocked, and more

Over the weekend, the US ban on TikTok, WeChat saw major developments.

ByteDance values TikTok at $60 billion for US deal

20 Sep 2020

ByteDance values TikTok at $60 billion for US deal

Chinese giant ByteDance is said to have valued TikTok at an approximate $60 billion.

#WeeklyRecap: Potential life on Venus, Apple's new hardware, and more

20 Sep 2020

#WeeklyRecap: Potential life on Venus, Apple's new hardware, and more

This week, a number of developments were noted in the world of technology, including an unexpected - and still unconfirmed - case of alien life discovery.