YouTube Shorts rivals TikTok and Reels and the platform is now making use of the remix feature for its music videos as well. News 

Shorts now allow remixing of YouTube music videos.

YouTube said Thursday that users can now “remix” their music videos in Shorts, giving it ammunition to compete with TikTok. Last year, YouTube introduced new remixing tools like Collab and fun effects in Shorts. “Today, we’re helping you take the ability to remix music videos on Shorts to a whole new level, opening up even more ways to connect with and be creative with your favorite artists and their music on YouTube,” the company said. opinion. Here’s how to remix videos in Shorts. Directly from a YouTube video, tap “Remix”…

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Social media companies like Instagram have been grilled by the US senate over their lack of support to prevent child sexual content. News 

Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, Apologizes to American Families

Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologized to families during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on children’s online safety in the United States. When Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) pressed Zuckerberg to apologize to families who attended the hearing, calling attention to children who were targeted by online predators, Zuckerberg apologized. “I’m sorry for everything you’ve been through,” he told the families who attended the hearing late Wednesday. “No one should have to go through what your families have gone through, and that’s why we’re investing so much and continuing…

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YouTube and Facebook maintain dominance, but TikTok's rapid growth shines in the latest Pew survey on US social media use among adults. (Pexels) News 

Pew reports TikTok as the fastest-growing social platform, despite YouTube’s continued dominance.

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted from May 19 to September 5, 2023, the digital platform landscape is undergoing significant changes. Although YouTube and Facebook continue to be the most popular platforms, TikTok has rapidly gained traction and is now the fastest-growing social platform, with over a third of adults surveyed using it. YouTube maintains a significant lead as the most used platform, with 83 percent of respondents reporting using it, according to the survey. Facebook follows closely behind, with 68 percent of users reporting…

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U.S. senators on Wednesday grilled the biggest social media and messaging companies, ordering them to fix the issues and safeguard kids on their platforms. News 

US Senators Grill Former Chiefs of Meta, TikTok, and X Over Child Sexual Exploitation

WASHINGTON: US senators grilled major social media and communications companies on Wednesday, saying they had not done enough to protect children from sexual predators on their platforms, and said Congress must pass legislation quickly. The hearing marks the latest effort by lawmakers to address concerns from parents and mental health experts that social media companies are using their profits to ensure their platforms don’t harm children. “Mr. Zuckerberg, you and the companies in front of us, I know you don’t mean it, but you have blood on your hands,” said…

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TikTok is known for its short videos but soon it could give you long video features as well, which brings it closer to YouTube. News 

TikTok’s Latest Move Aims to Compete with YouTube

TikTok is apparently testing to help users upload 30-minute videos in an effort to catch up with Google-owned YouTube. Social media consultant Matt Navarra first noticed the new option in the iOS beta version of the app. “It’s happening. TikTok is testing 30-minute video uploads!”, he posted on Meta’s Threads. “TikTok is coming for your long YouTube videos. Will Instagram Reels join the fray and add longer video uploads? I noticed this in the TikTok beta. A few others did too,” he wrote. TikTok has yet to comment on the…

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The law was part of an Ohio’s law — which requires social media companies to obtain a parent’s permission for children under 16 to sign up for social media and gaming apps. (AFP) News 

Lawsuit Filed by TikTok, Meta, X Group Against US State Over Restrictive Measures on Children’s Social Media Access

A lawsuit has been filed by a trade group consisting of TikTok, Snapchat, Meta, and other prominent tech companies against Ohio regarding a forthcoming law that mandates parental consent for children to use social media apps. The group argues that this law, which is part of Ohio’s broader legislation requiring social media companies to obtain parental permission for children under 16 to join social media and gaming apps, violates free speech rights as it is excessively broad and unclear. Additionally, the law necessitates social media companies to furnish parents with…

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Utah was sued by tech giants over first-in-the-nation laws. (Pexels) News 

Utah faces lawsuit from TikTok, Meta, and X over stringent restrictions on app usage by minors

On Monday, a trade group representing TikTok and other prominent tech companies filed a lawsuit against Utah for its pioneering legislation, which mandates parental consent for children and teenagers to access social media applications. Two laws signed by Republican Gov. Spencer Cox in March prohibit minors from using social media at 10:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., unless a parent has given permission — and require age verification to open and maintain a social media account in the state. The restrictions are designed to protect children from targeted ads and addictive…

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Flip hopes to combine the best elements of Amazon and TikTok. (Bloomberg) News 

Unlock the Next E-Commerce Boom with Amazon and TikTok!

I still have reservations about the concept of “social commerce.” While it has gained popularity in Asia, it essentially expands the role of influencers to the general public. The process involves purchasing a product, creating a persuasive video to encourage friends to buy it, and earning money from it. Personally, I find it distasteful. However, analysts predict that this industry will become a $100 billion market by 2025. In the US, taking advantage of this opportunity is said to be a battle between two existing giants, with each player having…

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Tech giants Meta and TikTok are contesting the scope of an EU law that from March will set new rules on competition in the digital marketplace. (AFP) News 

Ready, Set, TikTok! EU Digital Market Law Challenge Here!

Meta and TikTok are currently in a dispute over the extent of an EU law that will establish fresh regulations on competition within the digital market starting in March. The European Commission has designated 22 major online companies as “core platform services” subject to additional checks and obligations under the Digital Markets Act (DMA) to combat anti-competitive practices. The list includes familiar brands from social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to so-called “brokerage” applications such as Google Maps, Amazon Marketplace and Apple’s AppStore, operating systems iOS, Android and…

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EU urges TikRok to fight disinformation. (REUTERS) News 

TikTok Tackles Disinformation: EU Urges Maximum Effort!

On Monday, the chief technology regulator of the EU urged TikTok’s CEO to make every possible effort to combat disinformation, while acknowledging the alterations already implemented by the video-sharing platform. The Chinese app, popular with younger online users, is one of 19 platforms with stricter rules to combat illegal and harmful online content under a landmark EU law. “We have seen changes to the TikTok platform in recent months: new features have been released to protect users and invest in content moderation, trust and security,” EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry…

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TikTok must "spare no effort" to counter the spread of disinformation on the short video sharing app as EU looks to control disinformation in the region. News 

TikTok CEO Told to Tackle Disinformation: Put Your All Into It!

BRUSSELS: TikTok has “spared no effort” to prevent the spread of disinformation on the short video-sharing app, EU industry chief Thierry Breton told the company’s chief executive on Monday, as the European Union steps up efforts to curb the forces of Big Tech. Last month, Breton gave TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, an Oct. 25 deadline to provide information on its crisis management efforts and ordered the company to provide information by Nov. 8 on how it protects elections and minors’ online integrity on its platform. . The European Commissioner…

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The TikTok user said he ordered four iPhone 15 Pro Max for his work-related needs, but Apple delivered three huge boxes of iPhones. (AP) News 

Man alleges Apple shipped him 60 iPhone 15 Pro Max units worth an exorbitant Rs. 1.1 crore

A man’s recent purchase on an ecommerce platform turned into a disappointment when he received a cheaper TV without any accessories instead of the Sony TV worth Rs. 1 lakh. However, in a contrasting story, a TikTok user in the US had an unexpected stroke of luck when he received three boxes containing 60 iPhone 15 Pro Max, each equipped with an impressive 1TB of storage. The total value of this shipment was estimated to be $96000 or Rs. 1.1 crore based on the Indian selling price. AppleTrack posted about…

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Moving to induction cooking is better for the climate, for health, and for safety, the Chef says. (AFP) News 

Induction Cooking: A Suggestion From a Popular TikTok Chef

Chef Jon Kung utilizes his popular cooking videos to establish connections between the food we consume and its impact on the climate emergency. According to him, transitioning to induction cooking is not only beneficial for the environment but also for our well-being and safety. Currently, his main focus is on finding ways to inspire change and maintain hope, as he believes there is still a chance to reverse the current situation. On October 31, the renowned Detroit chef will release his debut cookbook titled Kung Food: Chinese American Recipes from…

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The difference between typical TikTok piracy and Paramount's Mean Girls upload is that the copyright holder did it this time. (AFP) News 

Warning to Writers: Mean Girls TikTok Prank Raises Concerns

The internet has a penchant for taking beloved quotes from popular culture and transforming them into online celebrations, as seen with events like “Star Wars Day” on May 4th and “Mean Girls Day” on October 3rd. On October 3rd, social media was abuzz with quotes, memes, and contributions from the cast of the film “Mean Girls.” Additionally, Paramount Pictures made the entire movie available on TikTok. This is not completely unheard of in the history of the platform. Like YouTube before it, TikTok has long been populated by fans (or…

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In June the Federal Trade Commission released the first update to its Endorsement Ad Guidelines in a decade, with an eye to influencer marketing. (Pexels) News 

Legal Action Against Health Influencers on the Rise: An Overview of Cases Involving Liver King and F-Factor

Joe Loney became captivated when he stumbled upon Liver King, a well-built fitness influencer renowned for his consumption of raw organs. Loney firmly believed that by adhering to a primal diet and engaging in rigorous workouts, he could achieve a similarly chiseled physique like that of Brian Johnson, the influencer’s true identity. Commencing in 2021, Loney adopted a routine of consuming a nearly raw steak on a daily basis, with only occasional breaks every two to three months. Then in December the king confessed to his subjects. He admitted in…

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TikTok is becoming a hub for entertainment piracy, with users chopping up films and TV shows into segments for free consumption. (AP) News 

Hollywood Finds a Way to Utilize TikTok

TikTok has emerged as a fresh battleground for entertainment piracy, as certain users are fragmenting movies and TV shows into numerous segments and sharing them, seemingly catering to individuals who are unwilling to purchase a movie ticket or subscribe to a streaming platform. But Hollywood shouldn’t worry. It may be free, but watching movies and shows this way isn’t easy. Fearing lawyers and TikTok’s copyright police, pirates are making segments hard to find. You can spend hours tracking down all the clips from the latest blockbuster movie and putting them…

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TikTok is in the process of making its app open to researchers to analyze data on the platform. (REUTERS) News 

Researchers Unable to Access Data Due to TikTok’s Stringent Regulations

Leading academic institutions are expressing interest in studying user behavior on TikTok as its popularity continues to grow. While the company publicly claims to be open to such research and is collaborating with academics, researchers have found the video app’s data regulations to be excessively demanding. TikTok is making the application programming interface, or API, open for researchers to analyze the platform’s data. But the terms of service are so strict that researchers at leading institutions say they are hesitant to accept them. The difficulty in investigating TikTok is also…

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TikTok has been fined 345 million euros ($370 million) for breaching privacy laws regarding the processing of children's personal data in the European Union. News 

European Commission Penalizes TikTok with 345 Million Euro Fine for Mismanagement of Children’s Data

DUBLIN: TikTok has been fined 345 million euros ($370 million) for breaching data protection laws in the European Union on the handling of children’s personal data, its top regulator in the bloc said on Friday. The Chinese-owned short video platform, which has seen rapid growth among teenagers around the world in recent years, breached several EU data protection laws between July 31, 2020 and December 31, 2020, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) said. in the statement. This is the first time that ByteDance-owned TikTok has been reprimanded by the DPC,…

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TikTok plans to offer steep holiday discounts in a monthlong campaign beginning in late October, aiming to compete with Amazon and Walmart. (Bloomberg) News 

TikTok to Offer Deep Holiday Discounts in Challenge to Amazon

According to documents reviewed by Bloomberg, TikTok intends to launch a monthlong campaign starting in late October, offering significant holiday discounts. The popular social media platform aims to attract consumers who have been affected by inflation to its newly established online marketplace, initiating a price competition with well-established rivals such as Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc. TikTok, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., will host training sessions next week with merchants selling on its marketplace. According to the documents, it offers to support discounts of up to 50% to entice sellers…

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The fight over TikTok is just one aspect of the growing tensions between the US and China over their technological ambitions. (REUTERS) News 

Vice President Mike Pence Urges Prohibition of TikTok, Labeling It a Chinese Communist Platform

In reference to TikTok, former Vice President Mike Pence has urged for a ban in the United States, asserting that the platform enables the Chinese government to clandestinely gather data on American citizens. “We should ban TikTok. TikTok is a platform for the Chinese Communist government. They are collecting data on Americans every single day,” Pence said Friday in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “Young Americans need to know that their privacy is at risk.” Pence’s comments come ahead of a policy speech he will give on China on Monday.…

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