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TikTok could be sold off by Chinese owner to shield it from US ban

TikTok could be sold off by Chinese owner to shield it from US ban

The embattled viral video app TikTok could be split off from its Chinese parent company and sold to investors in the United States in order to shield it from regulatory wrath, according to reports.ByteDance, , is said to be discussing the plan with a small group of its US investors, who would buy a majority stake in the app.Insiders that the plan was tentative and preliminary, representing only one possible solution to the threat that US might follow India in banning TikTok entirely.A spokesman for TikTok said: “As we consider the best path forward, ByteDance is evaluating changes to the...

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Jul 21
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TikTok to stop snooping on users' clipboards after iPhone update shows app constantly reads copied text

TikTok to stop snooping on users' clipboards after iPhone update shows app constantly reads copied text

TikTok has said it will stop reading the contents of users' clipboards after a new iPhone update revealed that it was still doing so.The popular video-sharing app had , along with several other apps that had been caught silently accessing the clipboard whenever they were open on screen.But a new software update by Apple shows that TikTok is still snooping – as well as numerous other apps including AccuWeather, Overstock, AliExpress, Call of Duty Mobile, Patreon and Google News.The revelation sparked anger and confusion among iPhone users and software developers, who described the...

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Jun 25
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Twitter system to identify 5G coronavirus conspiracy tweets goes haywire

Twitter system to identify 5G coronavirus conspiracy tweets goes haywire

One month after to impose warning labels on misleading tweets about coronavirus, Twitter is still failing to accurately distinguish factual information from fake news.Starting in early May, (AI) to identify misinformation and apply mild or strong warnings depending on how "dangerous" it is, aiming to expand them to other topics in future.The policy is part of an ongoing attempt to clean up Twitter's service, which has already entangled both it and its rivals Facebook and Snapchat .But since then Twitter's misinformation labels have frequently lapsed into farce, wrongly catching obscene...

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Coronavirus has brought Airbnb to its knees – will it ever recover?

Coronavirus has brought Airbnb to its knees – will it ever recover?

At first Tushar Bhatia thought everyone was overreacting. The 37-year-old business strategist, who lives in Seattle with his wife and their young child, saw no reason to take his spare room off Airbnb, despite the worrying headlines. Yet one day in late February, in the middle of a spate of sudden cancellations, he found himself hesitating when a new guest offered to shake his hand.Out of politeness, he gave in – then rushed to the bathroom to thoroughly scrub his hands. That was when he realised everything was about to change. That experience, at the site of America’s first big coronavirus...

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China floods Facebook with undeclared coronavirus propaganda ads blaming Trump

China floods Facebook with undeclared coronavirus propaganda ads blaming Trump

Chinese state media is flooding Facebook and Instagram with undisclosed political adverts whitewashing its role in the coronavirus pandemic and pinning blame on Donald Trump.Three official news outlets – Xinhua, China Central Television and the Global Times – have targeted users across the world with promoted stories in English, Chinese and Arabic.The ads, seen millions of times, extolled China’s efforts against Covid-19, , depicted Mr Trump as misguided and racist, and suggested that the virus might have originated in the US.Yet all of them initially ran without a political disclaimer,...

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Facebook was repeatedly warned of security flaw that led to biggest data breach in its history

Facebook was repeatedly warned of security flaw that led to biggest data breach in its history

Facebook knew about a huge security flaw that let hackers to steal personal data from millions of its users almost one year before the crime, yet failed to fix it in time, the Telegraph can reveal.Legal documents show that the company was repeatedly warned by its own employees as well as outsiders about a dangerous loophole that eventually led to the massive data breach in September 2018.Despite this, the loophole remained open for nine months after it was first raised, leading employees to later speak of their "guilt" and "hurt" at knowing that the attack "could have been prevented".The...

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