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The latest on TikTok: Microsoft takeover talks, a potential U.S. ban and more

Aug 3, 2020
A leaked memo from ByteDance’s CEO to its staff says TikTok has no choice but to sell its U.S. operations.
Some policymakers have said TikTok poses a national security risk because it could share U.S. user data with the Chinese government, something TikTok has repeatedly denied.
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TikTok fans and K-pop stans deluge Trump campaign with bad data

Jun 22, 2020
While it's unclear whether the social media campaign affected turnout at the president's Tulsa rally, fake signups to campaign events can corrupt data used for voter outreach.
The upper section of the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is partially empty as President Donald Trump speaks at his campaign rally on June 20.
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China's livestream sales: How brands reach consumers during COVID-19

Apr 6, 2020
Consumer spending plummeted while people stayed home. But Taobao saw livestream sales sessions double on its app.
Songzi during a marathon six-hour livestream broadcast selling cosmetics.
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TikTok helps songs go viral, but does it make them hits?

Feb 12, 2020
Billboard doesn't track plays on TikTok, but viral memes can help drive listens on other platforms.

Here's why Washington is concerned about TikTok

Nov 4, 2019
National security officials are reportedly investigating the popular social video app because of its user data practices.
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