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.

20 May 2024

Evan Spiegel

Snapchat focuses on AI with $1.5 billion yearly investment

Snap Inc.'s CEO, Evan Spiegel, has revealed plans to significantly increase investment in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning for Snapchat.

18 May 2024

Canada

Canadian intelligence chief warns against use of TikTok

David Vigneault, the Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, has cautioned Canadians against using the popular social media app TikTok.

15 May 2024

HBO

'House of the Dragon' stars discuss viral 'Negroni Sbagliato' meme

In 2022, all social media could talk about was House of the Dragon stars Olivia Cooke and Emma D'Arcy's "Negroni Spagliato with prosecco in it" video.

14 May 2024

ChatGPT

TikTok tests ChatGPT-powered search results

TikTok is currently experimenting with a more comprehensive search results page, incorporating generative artificial intelligence (AI).

13 May 2024

iPhone

'iPhone finger': Is prolonged smartphone usage altering pinky finger's shape?

Smartphone users have recently reported visible changes in their pinky fingers, a phenomenon now referred to as 'iPhone finger.'

TikTok labels uploads made with external AI tools

TikTok has announced plans to automatically label content generated by artificial intelligence (AI) from other platforms.

08 May 2024

China

TikTok sues US government over law mandating sale or ban

TikTok has filed a lawsuit against the US government, challenging a recent legislation that could force its parent company, ByteDance, to sell the app or face a potential ban in the US.

06 May 2024

Kylie Jenner

Met Gala: Italian model 'fired' for stealing Kylie Jenner's spotlight

Italian model Eugenio Casnighi has claimed that he was dismissed from his role at the 2024 Met Gala due to overshadowing reality TV star Kylie Jenner at last year's event.

01 May 2024

Android

Twitch launches TikTok-inspired discovery feed for users: How it works

Twitch, the well-known live-streaming platform, has officially introduced a TikTok-inspired discovery feed for all its users.

01 May 2024

Apple

TikTok allegedly bypassing Apple App Store fees: Here's how

TikTok, the video-sharing platform owned by ByteDance, is offering a unique method to select users, for purchasing coins used for tipping content creators.

30 Apr 2024

Meta

Threads users can now earn money but there's a catch

Meta has launched an exclusive bonus program for creators on its social media app, Threads.

India's action on TikTok could influence US litigation: FCC chief

India's action against TikTok might influence US courts, as ByteDance is expected to challenge the US move to ban its video-streaming service.

28 Apr 2024

Iraq

Iraqi TikTok star Om Fahad shot dead outside Baghdad home

Ghufran Mahdi Sawadi, better known as Om Fahad, a celebrated TikTok personality from Iraq, was brutally murdered outside her home in the Zoyouna district of eastern Baghdad on Saturday.

26 Apr 2024

US Government

Snap shares surge as restructured digital advertising strategy pays off

Snap Inc.'s restructured digital advertising strategy is yielding positive results as evidenced by the company's latest forecasts.

ByteDance prefers TikTok shutdown rather than selling to US firms

ByteDance, the Beijing-based parent company of TikTok, has publicly announced its decision not to sell or divest from its US operations.

24 Apr 2024

US Senate

US Senate passes bill forcing ByteDance to sell TikTok

The US Senate has passed a bill that could force ByteDance, the China-based parent company of TikTok, to relinquish its ownership of the popular social media platform.

24 Apr 2024

US Senate

US Senate passes bill requiring ByteDance to sell TikTok: Report

The US Senate has passed a bill requiring ByteDance—the parent company of TikTok—to sell the popular social media platform or risk being removed from app stores.

23 Apr 2024

Europe

EU launches probe into TikTok Lite over potential DSA violations

The European Union (EU) has initiated a new investigation into TikTok Lite, a simplified version of the popular social media app.

22 Apr 2024

United Kingdom

TikTok Shop expands with pre-owned luxury fashion in the UK

TikTok's e-commerce division, called TikTok Shop, is expanding its reach by launching a secondhand luxury fashion category in the UK.

22 Apr 2024

Social Media

Influencer Eva Evans, creator of 'Club Rat,' dies at 29

Eva Evans, a renowned social media influencer and the creative force behind the comedy series Club Rat has tragically died at the age of 29.

TikTok's upcoming AI-driven feature can clone your voice

TikTok is developing an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) feature that will convert text to speech, according to TheSpAndroid.

US moves forward with revised bill to ban TikTok

The US House of Representatives has advanced a revised bill, that could potentially lead to the ban or mandatory sale of popular social media platform, TikTok.

TikTok to penalize creators who repeatedly share 'problematic' content

In a move to create a safer environment for its users, especially teenagers, TikTok is increasing penalties for creators who disseminate "problematic" content.

18 Apr 2024

Technology

Twitch to introduce TikTok-inspired discovery feed within its mobile app

Live-streaming video service Twitch is set to launch a new discovery feed, inspired by popular social media platform TikTok.

13 Apr 2024

Morgan Freeman

Coachella 2024: Peso Pluma confronts claims of propagating drug culture

Peso Pluma—the emerging pop sensation from Guadalajara, Mexico—has been making headlines since his debut with Ah y Qué? in 2020.

12 Apr 2024

Spotify

Spotify working on remix facility to rival TikTok's fast-paced tracks

Spotify, the music streaming giant, is reportedly developing a remix feature inspired by the trend of fast-paced tracks on TikTok.

TikTok eyes AI-powered virtual influencers for brand campaigns

TikTok, the popular short video platform known for empowering creators, is reportedly exploring a new advertising avenue driven by artificial intelligence.

12 Apr 2024

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's music returns to TikTok after licensing dispute

After a 10-week hiatus due to a licensing disagreement, the music of pop sensation Taylor Swift has made a triumphant return to the popular social media platform TikTok.

10 Apr 2024

Lifestyle

'Oatzempic' trend on TikTok: Is this weight loss hack healthy

Amidst Hollywood's obsession with the weight loss drug Ozempic, TikTok users have devised a seemingly natural alternative known as "oatzempic."

09 Apr 2024

Instagram

TikTok to challenge Instagram with its photo-sharing app TikTok Notes

TikTok is set to take on Instagram's dominance in the photo-sharing app market with its new platform, TikTok Notes.

Uber Eats introduces TikTok-inspired video feed for food discovery

Uber Eats is introducing a short-form video feed, similar to the popular social media platform TikTok, with the aim of enhancing food discovery.

08 Apr 2024

Android

Spotify now lets you build AI playlists with text prompts

Spotify, the globally recognized music streaming platform, has announced a new feature that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to generate personalized playlists.

05 Apr 2024

Lifestyle

Crookie: The latest pastry sensation sweeping across TikTok

The "crookie," a delightful fusion of a croissant and a cookie, was created in 2022 by Paris-based renowned pastry chef Stephane Louvard.

03 Apr 2024

Harley Quinn

Lady Gaga's audio preview unveiled from 'Joker: Folie à Deux' 

Pop icon Lady Gaga is set to star alongside Joaquin Phoenix in the upcoming sequel, Joker: Folie à Deux.

02 Apr 2024

Europe

TikTok counters content criticism with STEM feed launch in Europe

TikTok, the popular social media app, has announced plans to extend its dedicated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) feed to Europe.

31 Mar 2024

Instagram

Instagram's 'Blend' feature recommends Reels for you and your bestie

Instagram is currently developing a new feature called "Blend," aimed at creating a private feed of recommended Reels for users and their friends.

28 Mar 2024

LinkedIn

LinkedIn tests TikTok-inspired short video feed on its app

LinkedIn, Microsoft's professional networking platform, is experimenting with a new feature that mirrors the short-form video feed of TikTok.

TikTok forms 'youth council' to tackle safety issues on platform

TikTok has officially formed a 'youth council' consisting of 15 teenagers from a diverse range of countries such as the United States, UK, Brazil, Ireland, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and Morocco.

US legislators continue to advocate for TikTok's sale or ban

US legislators recently pushed for the sale or ban of the widely-used social media app, TikTok, citing national security risks.

19 Mar 2024

Technology

TikTok will reward creators who produce search-friendly content

TikTok is rolling out a fresh monetization scheme, called Creator Rewards, aimed at encouraging creators to produce content with high search relevance.

14 Mar 2024

Technology

US House passes bill forcing sale of TikTok or ban

In a significant move, the US House of Representatives has passed a bill that could disrupt TikTok's operations in the United States.

12 Mar 2024

Makeup

Exploring Gen Z's fascination with broccoli freckles

On TikTok and Instagram, makeup enthusiasts are glorifying a unique method for achieving flawless faux freckles using an unexpected tool: broccoli florets.

09 Mar 2024

United Kingdom

11-year-old dies while attempting TikTok trend 'chroming': What is it?

In a heartbreaking incident, an 11-year-old boy named Tommie-Lee Gracie Billington passed away in the United Kingdom (UK) while attempting a dangerous TikTok challenge at a friend's house.

29 Feb 2024

Music Industry

Cat Janice (31), creator of TikTok sensation, succumbs to cancer

Cat Janice, an American singer-songwriter who gained fame on TikTok earlier this year with her sensational song Dance You Outta My Head, passed away on Wednesday after a turbulent battle with sarcoma cancer.

20 Feb 2024

Weight loss

Can TikTok's viral ice hack help you lose fat

In the ever-evolving landscape of weight loss trends, a recent sensation has emerged on social media platforms like TikTok — the "ice hack diet."

16 Feb 2024

YouTube

YouTube now lets users crop, remix music videos for Shorts

YouTube has introduced a Remix feature for its mobile app, allowing users to transform music videos into Shorts.