TikTok

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-07-12T16:30:01+00:00
Wells Fargo tells workers to delete TikTok, citing privacy concerns
TikTok logo
TikTok logo Credit: TikTok

Wells Fargo, United States fourth-largest bank, has instructed employees who installed TikTok on company devices to remove the app over privacy concerns.

“We have identified a small number of Wells Fargo employees with corporate-owned devices who had installed the TikTok application on their device,” Wells Fargo said in a statement to NBC News. “Due to concerns about TikTok’s privacy and security controls and practices, and because corporate-owned devices should be used for company business only, we have directed those employees to remove the app from their devices.”

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-07-11T10:39:07+00:00
Amazon rolls back ban of TikTok from employee phones
Amazon rolls back ban of TikTok from employee phones
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Five hours after requiring employees to delete TikTok from their mobile devices, Amazon backtracked saying the email to workers had been sent by mistake.

A spokesperson for the company said, "This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error, there is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok.".

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-07-10T23:30:02+00:00
Amazon demands employees to remove TikTok from their phones citing security risks
Amazon demands employees to remove TikTok from their phones citing security risks
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The New York Times reports Amazon officials, in a memo, required employees to delete TikTok from any mobile devices that "access Amazon email.". The removal is due to "security risks" posed by the app.

According to the memo, workers are still allowed to user TikTok from their laptop browser.

Politics • Asian • China
2020-07-07T10:10:01+00:00
Tik Tok will exit Hong Kong following new security law
Tik Tok will exit Hong Kong following new security law
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TikTok plans to pull out of the Hong Kong market after China imposed a new security law on the city that gives authorities sweeping new powers, raising concerns about data privacy.

A spokesman for the company told BBC: "In light of recent events, we've decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,".

Other companies including Google, Facebook, Telegram and Twitter have suspended processing government access requests for user data in Hong Kong.

Politics • Asian • India
2020-06-29T17:25:16+00:00
India bans TikTok, WeChat and 57 other Chinese apps
iPhone displaying the TikTok app
iPhone displaying the TikTok app Credit: Kon Karampelas

The Ministry of Information Technology of India announced Monday the ban of 59 Chinese mobile applications, including TikTok and WeChat. In a press release, the Ministry, states the ban is a response "of the emergent nature of threats" and that the apps "are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.".

At the moment, all listed apps are still available on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, and it is not clear how the Indian Government plans to enforce the ban.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-25T20:16:02+00:00
Instagram launches TikTok clone "Reels" in Germany and France
Instagram launches TikTok clone "Reels" in Germany and France
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The Reels feature has previously been tested in Brazil and has now been made accessible to users in France and Germany. Embedded in the Instagram stories, Reels enables users to record short 15-second video clips with music or other audio similar to TikTok. Reels offers various editing tools such as a countdown timer, the option to compile a video out of short snippets and to adjust the speed.