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SAN FRANCISCO (AFP): TikTok is urging a federal court to block US President Donald Trump from banning the video app, arguing the move is motivated by election politics rather than legitimate national security concerns.
SHANGHAI (Reuters): TikTok owner ByteDance has applied for a licence in China in line with the country’s tech export requirements, as it strives to seal a deal with Oracle Corp and Walmart Inc for TikTok’s US operations to stave off a US ban on the app.
TikTok will ban ads that promote fasting apps and weight loss supplements, as part of its policy to restrict ads of products that amplify body shaming, the company said on Sept 23.
As China’s ByteDance raced to seal a deal with Oracle Corp and Walmart Inc to keep its video-sharing app TikTok operational in the United States, an apparent breakthrough came last Wednesday in a phone call to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Just a few days ago, the TikTok deal looked like a win for China. Now its state-run media are denouncing it as “an American trap” and a “dirty and underhanded trick”.
Chevron Corp has asked its global employees to remove Tencent Holdings Ltd’s WeChat from their work phones, making it one of the first US companies to heed the Trump administration’s executive order banning the Chinese social app on alleged national security risks.
Plans by China to draw up a blacklist of US technology firms might sound great to hardliners as a retaliatory measure against Washington DC, but would most likely backfire.
China’s state-linked Global Times, in an editorial on Sept 22 night, described the latest TikTok deal approved in principle by the US administration as “an extortion deal, unpalatable gambit and blackmail” unacceptable to China.
TikTok says a video of a man apparently taking his own life that circulated on its platform was spread deliberately by a group of users working together.