Tag: Tiktok

Microsoft Aims To Acquire Entire TikTok, Including India Ops

New Delhi: Not just the US operations, Microsoft is aiming to acquire the global business of Chinese short-video making app TikTok, including in India where the app is banned, The Financial Times reported on Thursday. Microsoft is officially seeking to buy the TikTok operations in North America, Australia and New Zealand for a “reported figure […]

  • Wednesday, 14 April 2021
After TikTok Ban, ByteDance Reaches Out To Reliance Jio For A Deal

New Delhi: As ByteDance continues to struggle in the US, a new report claimed on Thursday that China-based company that owns the short-video making app TikTok may sell its India business to Reliance Jio amid uncertainties around its operations in the country. Citing people familiar with the early-stage discussions, Tech Crunch reported that the “two […]

  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Amid Political Turmoil Kevin Mayer Quits As TikTok CEO

New Delhi: In a significant development, TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has quit the company amid the ongoing dispute with the Donald Trump administration and sale talks in the US and the India ban. Less than six months into the job, Mayer announced his departure in an internal email seen first by the Financial Times on […]

  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021
China Terms India's Ban On 118 Apps 'Discriminatory Restrictions'

Beijing: Hit hard by India’s move to ban 118 apps, including PUBG, China on Thursday termed the action as ‘discriminatory restrictions’ on Chinese companies and alleged that it violated World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. Gao Feng, the spokesperson of China’s Ministry of Commerce, said that the Chinese side expressed serious concern and firm objection to […]

  • Monday, 12 April 2021
Oracle Wins Deal For TikTok US Business, Microsoft's Bid Rejected 

San Francisco: Bytedance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, has chosen Cloud major Oracle over Microsoft to run its US operations as a ‘trusted tech partner’, multiple media reports revealed on Monday while an official announcement was still awaited. According to The New York Times, it was unclear whether TikTok’s choice of Oracle as a technology partner […]

  • Monday, 12 April 2021
ByteDance Not To Sell TikTok's US Operations To Oracle: CGTN

Beijing: In an interesting development, ByteDance has reportedly said it will neither sell TikTok’s US operations to Oracle nor give the source code to any US buyers, state-owned China Global Television Network (CGTN) reported on Monday. The report came as The New York Times and other US media outlets reported on Sunday that Bytedance, the […]

  • Monday, 12 April 2021
U.S. Bans Chinese Apps TikTok and WeChat Citing National Security Concerns

San Francisco: The TikTok and WeChat apps will be banned from US app stores starting Sunday, the country’s Department of Commerce said on Friday. The move “to safeguard the national security of the United States” came in response to US President Donald Trump’s executive orders signed on August 6. Among the “transactions” which are prohibited […]

  • Monday, 12 April 2021
Pakistan Blocks TikTok Over Not Filtering Immoral Content

Pakistan’s telecommunication authorities blocked TikTok on Friday, saying the Chinese app has failed to comply with the government’s instructions for “development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content,” according to a press release issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). PTA added that this step was taken after the authority received a […]

  • Sunday, 11 April 2021
Despite Ban, TikTok Becomes Highest Grossing App Of 2020

New Delhi: Despite India ban and an ongoing legal battle in the US, Chinese short-video making app TikTok has become the highest grossing app globally in 2020 with $540 million in profit, followed by dating app Tinder that grossed $513 million. According to the data released by app analytics firm Apptopia, YouTube was third with […]

  • Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Tiktok Shuts Down India Business, To Downsize Workforce By 2000

New Delhi: Over the uncertainty in making a comeback following a ban on the hugely popular TikTok video app, China’s ByteDance will shut its India business and cut the 2,000-plus employees to a bare minimum, the company told employees in an internal memo on Wednesday. Tiktok’s global interim head Vanessa Pappas and vice president for […]

  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021
Facebook Launches Tiktok-Like App For Creating And Sharing Raps

New Delhi: Facebook has doubled down on its efforts to take on the growing Chinese short-video making platform TikTok, this time by launching a new app for creating and sharing raps. Called BARS, the app is now available in the Apple App Store in the US and makes it easy to create and share raps […]

  • Sunday, 04 April 2021
Pakistan Bans TikTok Again For 'Peddling Vulgarity'

New Delhi: Pakistan has once again banned Chinese short-video making app TikTok, this time for allegedly peddling vulgarity and spreading objectionable content on its platform. The country banned the ByteDance-owned platform in October 2020 for a brief 10-day period for hosting “immoral” and “indecent” videos. “In respectful compliance to the orders of the Peshawar High […]

  • Sunday, 04 April 2021