TikTok: News

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.

01 Feb 2023

Kevin Systrom

Meet Artifact, an AI-driven news app backed by Instagram's co-founders

Instagram's co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, are working on a personalized news app called Artifact, which is driven by recommendation algorithms similar to TikTok.

27 Jan 2023

Blake Lively

Blake Lively-Justin Baldoni to lead 'It Ends with Us' adaptation

Gossip Girl actor Blake Lively is all set to star opposite Jane the Virgin actor Justin Baldoni in a romance drama based on Colleen Hoover's bestselling novel It Ends with Us. Baldoni is also directing.

11 Jan 2023


Twitter changes how you switch between algorithmically-driven and chronological feeds

As promised by Elon Musk, Twitter's new swipeable timeline is here. The platform has rolled out an update that makes switching between the algorithm-driven main feed and the chronological one fairly easy.

10 Jan 2023


YouTube will start sharing Shorts ad revenue from February 1

Last September, YouTube promised that the monetization option for Shorts is on the way. The company has kept its word.

26 Dec 2022


Skin cycling: Why you should try this TikTok beauty trend

TikTok is a rabbit hole of new and captivating content and is always bustling with trends.

TikTok confirms that parent company ByteDance spied on US journalists

An internal investigation by TikTok's parent ByteDance has revealed that some employees of the company accessed the user data of at least two US journalists and people connected with them.

10 Dec 2022


Amazon introduces 'Inspire,' TikTok-like shopping feed: Here's how to use

Amazon has introduced a new service called Inspire, which offers a TikTok-like shopping experience to users.

03 Dec 2022


Who is Liver King? Famous TikToker admits using steroids

Social media influencer Liver King, popular for eating raw meat including liver and bone marrow, is in the headlines again. King, whose real name is Brian Johnson, admitted to using steroids. Early this week, he put up a video talking about steroids, denying their use. However, he has now come clean, admitting its use.

25 Nov 2022

Reliance Jio

Meet Platfom, Reliance Jio and Rolling Stone's new short-video app

Telecom giant Reliance Jio, in collaboration with Rolling Stone India and Creativeland Asia, has developed a short-video app called 'Platfom.'

17 Oct 2022


Attention netizens! Emmanuel, the emu needs your prayers

Emmanuel, the emu which rose to fame on TikTok, is down with the avian flu.

07 Oct 2022


UNO Reverse: TikTok challenges Instagram with 'copied' Photo Mode feature

TikTok, Gen Z's favorite social media app, has decided to beat Instagram at its own game.

24 Sep 2022

Social Media

TikTok users can now flag comments with 'dislike' button

TikTok users can now express their displeasure at a comment with the new "dislike" button. The company has been testing the feature that helps identify hurtful or pointless comments since April.

23 Sep 2022


ByteDance announces Pico 4 headset to challenge Meta Quest 2

TikTok parent ByteDance's VR subsidiary Pico has announced its first all-in-one virtual reality headset, called Pico 4.

10 Sep 2022


Bye-bye third-party apps: Instagram is working on new 'Repost' feature

Instagram has been on the path of reinvention for a while now. Despite being battered in its rivalry against TikTok, the social media platform continues to experiment.

23 Aug 2022


BJP leader Sonali Phogat (42) dies of heart attack

Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party leader and actor Sonali Phogat died after suffering a heart attack in Goa on Monday night. She was 42.

19 Aug 2022


Manga lashes: A step-by-step guide to get this anime-inspired look

You must have come across a host of characters in Japanese comic books who have eyelashes that tend to grow into pointy clusters.

12 Aug 2022


Groom exposes bride at wedding by playing her affair video

Weddings are incomplete without some chaos, excitement, grand celebrations, sleepless nights, and a little disagreement between the bride and the groom's parties among other things.

06 Aug 2022

Health & Wellness

Can't sleep in the night? Follow this TikTok tip

TikTok offers a diverse range of content. While a part of it can be cringe-worthy, there is a multitude of videos that are genuinely helpful and deserve your attention.

04 Aug 2022

Marvel Comics

'Moon Knight': Did Oscar Isaac just confirm Season 2?

If a recent TikTok video is to be believed, then the series Moon Knight on Disney+ Hotstar might just get another season!

02 Aug 2022


TikTok's music streaming app could challenge Apple Music and Spotify

Is TikTok working on a music streaming app? Well, based on a patent filing uncovered by Business Insider, they sure are.

31 Jul 2022


Netflix sues creators of 'The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical' for infringement

Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, the co-creators of an unofficial Bridgerton musical, are being sued by streaming giant Netflix for infringement of intellectual property rights.

28 Jul 2022


Facebook, WhatsApp's parent company reports revenue decline for first time

Meta, the owner of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, has announced its Q2 earnings report, and it is not pretty.

24 Jul 2022


Chinese man executed for burning 'Tibetan' ex-wife during her livestream

A man was executed in China after a judge found him guilty of burning his ex-wife while she was live-streaming on the Internet.

10 Jul 2022


This 'Stranger Things' actor led to Doja Cat-Noah Schnapp's 'feud'

Netizens were left picking sides between rapper Doja Cat and Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp after an online "feud."

05 Jul 2022


Story of Khaby Lame, the most followed TikToker

You must have come across hilarious videos of a guy demonstrating simpler alternatives to life hack videos on Instagram or TikTok, without saying a word.

30 Jun 2022


Influencer earns Rs. 26L/month by letting people wake him up

A social media influencer named Jakey Boehm is earning lakhs by just sleeping and letting people wake him up in whatever way they want.

29 Jun 2022


Facebook is testing new Discord-like features on Groups

Meta is testing some new features on Facebook Groups, including a new sidebar and Channels. What's interesting is that these new features evoke a familiar Discord vibe.

28 Jun 2022


Meta introduces Reels API after rising developer demand: What's new

Meta sees Instagram Reels as an important part of its future outlook. The company has now introduced Reels API to several endpoints on the Instagram Platform for developers owing to demands from the developer community.

21 Jun 2022


Weird Tortilla Challenge: Know about the viral trend

People enjoy eating tortillas, but have you ever seen people slapping each other with the Mexican flatbread?

09 Jun 2022

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp birthday: Looking at his 5 wholesome fan interactions

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp is known for his spontaneity.

03 Jun 2022


You can now make Instagram Reels for 90 seconds

Instagram has taken a step forward in its chase of TikTok. The Meta-owned social media platform has rolled out several new features for its Reels.

28 May 2022


Australian baby born with 'permanent smile' due to rare condition

The pictures of a baby girl, born in Australia with a specific hereditary condition that causes congenital anomalies, have become a sensation among millions of social media users.

25 May 2022


Halsey: Label won't release music without 'fake viral TikTok moment'

American singer Halsey dropped a bombshell on social media on Sunday.

16 Mar 2022

Cannes Film Festival

5 interesting facts about this year's Cannes Film Festival

This year, Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 17 to 28. The venue remains the same, that is Palais des Festivals (Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes).

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.

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).

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.

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".

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.

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.

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