Black People : Trump's call for slice of TikTok deal draws fire .... Getting the Content for Microsoft

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Microsoft will be making a mistake. Microsoft is on the serious side, it will be like making LinkedIn favor Facebook or something.
Microsoft will gain the Young crowd but serious platforms will no longer exist.
Microsoft is used by all companies and business people and will be brought down by adding TikTok to it's platform, making it hard for IT to keep systems clean.
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Trump's call for slice of TikTok deal draws fire

Tuesday 4 August 2020 - 8:18pm

US President Donald Trump said he was prepared to approve a deal selling TikTok assets to Microsoft or another US company after warning of a national security ban.
AFP/Manjunath Kiran

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's demand for a payout to the US government for a deal on the Chinese-controlled social media app TikTok drew fire on Tuesday as critics said it appears unconstitutional and akin to extortion.

Trump on Monday said he was prepared to approve a deal selling TikTok assets to Microsoft or another US company after warning of a national security ban, but maintained that he would ask for "a substantial portion" of any transaction to come into the Treasury.
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How TikTok Holds Our Attention
On the popular short-video app, young people are churning through images and sounds at warp speed, repurposing reality into ironic, bite-size content.

By Jia Tolentino
September 23, 2019

TikTok has been downloaded more than a billion times since its launch, in 2017, and reportedly has more monthly users than Twitter or Snapchat.

Like those apps, it’s free, and peppered with advertising. I downloaded TikTok in May, adding its neon-shaded music-note logo to the array of app icons on my phone.
TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is based in China, which, in recent years, has invested heavily and made major advances in artificial intelligence. After a three-billion-dollar investment from the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, last fall, ByteDance was valued at more than seventy-five billion dollars, the highest valuation for any startup in the world.

I opened the app, and saw a three-foot-tall woman making her microwave door squeak to the melody of “Yeah!,” by Usher
, and then
a dental hygienist and her patient dancing to “Baby Shark.”
A teen-age girl blew up a bunch of balloons that spelled “putty cat to the tune of a jazz song from the beloved soundtrack of the anime series “Cowboy Bebop.”

Young white people lip-synched to audio of nonwhite people in ways that ranged from innocently racist to overtly racist.

A kid sprayed shaving cream into a Croc and stepped into it so that shaving cream squirted out of the holes in the Croc. In five minutes, the app had sandblasted my cognitive matter with twenty TikToks that had the legibility and logic of a narcoleptic dream.

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TicTok is Weird
 

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TikTok To Sue Trump Administration Over Ban, As Soon As Tuesday


TikTok is planning to sue the Trump administration, challenging the president's executive order banning the service from the United States.

The video-sharing app hugely popular with the smartphone generation will file the federal lawsuit as soon as Tuesday, according to a person who was directly involved in the forthcoming suit but was not authorized to speak for the company. It will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, where TikTok's American operations are based, the person said.


What the Thursday night executive order does

Under the president's Thursday night executive order, "any transaction" between a U.S. citizen and TikTok's Beijing-based parent company, ByteDance, will be outlawed in 45 days for national security reasons.

Such a sweeping ban would be fatal for TikTok in the U.S.

It is popular among teenagers and 20-somethings in the U.S., where more than 100 million users have downloaded the app. They use it to share dances and comedy skits in 60-second video bites, which often go viral. The app is such a cultural phenomenon that it has become a platform to discover new music and has even launched several breakout hits that have topped the Billboard charts.

The app has also been used to antagonize the president, including when thousands of teens reserved tickets to the president's rally in Tulsa, Okla., with no intention of going, inflating the Trump campaign's expectations for the event and causing embarrassment over the disappointing turnout.

If the presidential ban goes into effect, the app may no longer be able to send software updates, rendering TikTok unmanageable on smartphones and eventually nonfunctional.

The president's executive order stands to cut off American advertisers on its app and force Apple and Google to remove it from mobile app stores.
 
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