‘My Daughter Is Gone Forever’: Pennsylvania Mom Sues TikTok After 10-Year-Old Daughter ‘Fell Victim’ to App’s ‘Black Out Challenge’
The mother of a Pennsylvania girl who died allegedly after attempting a viral challenge has filed a federal lawsuit against TikTok and its parent company […]news.yahoo.com
VIDEO: Cut Price Of Love: Couple Shop At Discount Store For Budget Date Night
He shared the video with the message: “Dollar Tree date night because we’re both poor and it was the [bomb emoji].”Dylan included the hashtags ‘date night’, ‘couple’, and ‘food’. The young couple organised their budget date night at Dollar Tree, a US discount store chain that offers products for as little as USD 1. In the footage, Dylan films a young woman, apparently his girlfriend who he tagged as ‘christinemariep19’, in the Dollar Tree store. Florida couple with ‘Dollar Tree date night’. Florida couple with ‘Dollar Tree date night’.thewestsidegazette.com
College student buys Yoshitomo Nara ashtray at thrift store for $10, flips it for $2,860 on eBay
A TikTok user was left speechless after he bought a Yoshitomo Nara ashtray at a Goodwill store for $10 and received a 30,000 percent profit by selling it on eBay. In a TikTok posted on April 17, Terrelle Brown, a 22-year-old student at Wheaton College in Illinois, shared that he received an eBay notification about the ashtray in the middle of his class.news.yahoo.com
VIDEO: Cheer Comes The Bride: Cheerleading Couples Wedding Acrobatics
By Feza UzayA cheerleading couple stunned passersby when they carried out a gravity-defying acrobatic stunt in their wedding outfits on a pedestrian crossing. Blushing bride – Denise Alexis, 27, from Singapore – shared the video on TikTok where it has been viewed 300,000 times. The couple then walks into the middle of Orchard Road – Singapore’s busiest street – and get into position for their acrobatics. A couple in Singapore did an acrobatic cheerleader pose during a wedding photoshoot along Orchard Road on 27th February 2022. Wedding pictures of a couple in Singapore who did an acrobatic cheerleader pose during a wedding photoshoot along Orchard Road on 27th February 2022.thewestsidegazette.com
Brittany Broski visits campus for HP’s Comedic Conversations
Internet star and comedian Brittany Broski visited campus as a part of Hurricane Productions’ annual Comedic Conversations event. “I think it’s such a strange intersection of reality that I’ve been a part of,” Broski said at the event. This was the first in-person Comedic Conversations event since the pandemic. Throughout the entire event, Broski kept the audience engaged and laughing out loud. “The event went very well tonight,” Robinson said.themiamihurricane.com
These are the books that Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg and Daymond John turned to for crucial business lessons
Billionaires Buffett and Zuckerberg are just a few of the successful business leaders who have gleaned important lessons and career advice from books they've read throughout the years. Here are a few examples of the books on business that have influenced some of the business world's biggest success stories.cnbc.com
TikTok user explains why some Chinese restaurants are closed on Tuesdays
A TikTok user has recently amassed thousands of views for explaining why some Chinese takeaway restaurants are closed on Tuesdays. Kim Chi, whose family owns several takeaway restaurants in Glasgow, Scotland, responded to a TikTok follower's question about why some Chinese takeaway restaurants are closed on Tuesdays. “So Chinese takeaways are known to be closed on a Tuesday because back a long time ago, for some reason, a lot of Chinese people who knew each other arranged to meet up on Tuesdays as a day off, and that’s what they would do to catch up and make plans,” Kim said.news.yahoo.com
China used TV, TikTok stars in discreet Olympics campaign
A “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” TV star, a Paralympic swimmer and a self-described “brand king” were among the Instagram and TikTok influencers who were paid by Chinese officials for a discreet campaign that promoted the Beijing Winter Olympics, new Justice Department documents reveal.
Budget guru TikToker shares Costco 'hack' that allows customers to return years-old purchases
A self-proclaimed budget expert highlighted a Costco Wholesale return policy that allows customers to return items well past 90 days since their purchase. To demonstrate, the finance influencer, who goes by the handle @bougiecheapskate on TikTok, acted out a scenario wherein she pretends to return a five-year-old coffee maker to Costco customer service in a video posted to her account on March 15. “Hi Costco, my coffee maker isn’t working anymore,” she says as the customer.news.yahoo.com
Woman grows ‘horn-like’ protrusions after botched fox eye thread lift
An Australian woman ended up with horn-like protrusions on the sides of her forehead after undergoing a fox eye thread lift. Gym receptionist Jessie Carr, 21, underwent a procedure based on a viral TikTok trend in the hopes of looking like Bella Hadid. Believed to be inspired by Asian features, the trend uses makeup to create the illusion of almond-shaped eyes, supposedly mimicking those of a fox.news.yahoo.com
War in real time: TikTok and Twitter stars document Russia’s war in Ukraine
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has spawned a constant stream of online content, a deluge that has helped counter Moscow’s disinformation campaign, spurred global leaders to action and fundamentally changed the way we understand war.latimes.com
Rogue Georgia Cop Caught in Viral X-Rated TikToks
via TikTokA Georgia cop probably thought no one was watching when he took his squad car to a scrubby area off a quiet road in a small Georgia town, walked around the back, and started having sex with someone while in uniform.But someone high up in a nearby telecommunications tower started filming and uploaded the videos to TikTok last week where they quickly racked up more than 15 million views.“Police caught on cam!!!” one video was captioned, along with hashtags of #towerclimbers and #dirtydeenews.yahoo.com
Miami is one of the most-watched cities on ‘Travel TikTok’ in the world
It’s no surprise that Miami has a certain allure to those who have never been (or for those longing for a tropical and fun vacation), and now, there’s proof that the Magic City is being “stalked” — Miami is one of the most-watched travel destinations on TikTok.
17-year-old girl shoves bear to save her dogs in viral video
Without hesitation, the teenager ran towards the bear that was loudly swinging at her dogs and swiftly shoved the bear off the wall before grabbing her dogs and directing them inside — and the entire confrontation was caught on CCTV video from outside of her home.
Italy: Teen in hijab aims to be 'Afro-influencer' on TikTok
Aida Diouf Mbengue, 19, was recording a TikTok video to share with her 330,000 followers. Nearly one-fifth of those foreigners come from African countries, including Mbengue, She came to Italy from Kaolack, Senegal, with her family at age 3. But she says she started receiving racist messages once she started posting videos of herself in a hijab. Mbengue started making content for TikTok, a video-sharing social networking platform, on a whim in 2019 with a simple video. "Fortunately, this is the new face of Italy and we are not going back,'' Jean said.
9-year-old from Pensacola captures Alicia Keys’ heart after video goes viral on TikTok
PENSACOLA, Fla. – We could all use some good news, and today’s story is sure to make you smile. According to ABC affiliate WEAR ABC 3, 9-year-old Anikka from Pensacola, Florida has gone viral on TikTok after her father, Tom Coverly, caught her belting the song “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys while helping her father clean the pool in their backyard. 🎤https://t.co/gj8EfnA9Xw — WEAR ABC 3 (@weartv) March 4, 2021The video went viral after her father posted the clip on TikTok, and for good reason — little Anikka has impressive vocals. It has now surpassed over 8 million views, and better yet, the approval of the one and only Alicia Keys herself. “It made me feel worth it to this world.”According to Anikka, Keys commented, “sing mama.”Watch the heartwarming video, here.
TikTok owner ByteDance to pay $92M in US privacy settlement
The federal lawsuit alleged that TikTok broke the Illinois biometric privacy law, which allows suits against companies that harvest consumer data without consent, including via facial and fingerprint scanning. Illinois is the only state with a law that allows people to seek monetary damages for such unauthorized data collection. “While we disagree with the assertions, rather than go through lengthy litigation, we’d like to focus our efforts on building a safe and joyful experience for the TikTok community,” TikTok said in an emailed statement. Facebook agreed to a $550 million settlement under the same law last February. The TikTok settlement must still be approved by a federal judge.
Biden backs off on TikTok ban in review of Trump China moves
FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2020 file photo, a view of the TikTok app logo, in Tokyo. Separately, the Biden administration has “indefinitely” shelved a proposed U.S. takeover of TikTok, according to a Wall Street Journal report. AdThe unusual arrangement stemmed from a Trump executive order that aimed to ban TikTok in the U.S. unless it accepted a greater degree of American control. Psaki added that the Biden administration is comprehensively evaluating risks to U.S. data, including those involving TikTok. AdWhile President Joe Biden has said TikTok is a concern, his administration hadn't said whether it will continue to try to ban TikTok or force a sale.
Social media stars sail away with sea shanty record deals
(AP Photo/Nick Perry)LONDON – The long forgotten sea shanty has been enjoying a renaissance on social media and is now moving into popular music with two U.K. artists landing record deals, following their online performances. For some artists, the sea shanty has long been part of their repertoire. Whether or not “Wellerman” counts as a shanty, there is no denying it has caused a stir online. Claire Maddocks, a neurologic music therapist, said she thinks sea shanties appeal to people because of the “simplicity of a human voice,” and the repetitive, predictable nature of the song. AdAnd Professor Smyth says he's fine with people calling “Wellerman” a shanty if they want to.
Chinese app TikTok cuts jobs in India following ban
Popular short-video Chinese app TikTok is cutting its workforce in India after with hundreds of millions of its users dropped it to comply with a government ban on dozens of Chinese apps amid a military standoff between the two countries. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)NEW DELHI – Popular short-video Chinese app TikTok is cutting its workforce in India after hundreds of millions of its users dropped it to comply with a government ban on dozens of Chinese apps amid a military standoff between the two countries. The Indian government announced a ban on 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, which is operated by Chinese internet firm Bytedance, in June as its relations with China deteriorated. Gao didn’t address Indian complaints that Chinese apps might be a security threat but said Beijing requires its companies to abide by local laws abroad. AdChinese-owned apps have found a fast-growing market in India, with some companies creating India-specific apps that have exploded in popularity.
Agency homing in on social media companies' data collection
WASHINGTON – Federal regulators are ordering Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, TikTok’s parent and five other social media companies to provide detailed information on how they collect and use consumers’ personal data and how their practices affect children and teens. The other five companies are Reddit, Snap, Discord, WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, and Google’s YouTube. Regulators and lawmakers are increasingly weaving their concerns over data power and privacy into their investigations of Big Tech companies' market dominance. Facebook, the largest social network, gets the bulk of its revenue — which reached $70.7 billion last year — from online ads. They said the planned study “will lift the hood on the social media and video streaming firms to carefully study their engines."
Another judge blocks Trump's TikTok ban; app still in limbo
WASHINGTON – A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump's attempts to ban TikTok, the latest legal defeat for the administration as it tries to wrest the popular app from its Chinese owners. The Trump administration had tried to ban the short-form video app from smartphone app stores in the U.S. and cut it off from vital technical services. Nichols is the second federal judge to fully block the Trump administration's economic sanctions against the app as the court cases proceed. The Trump administration has alleged that TikTok is a security threat because the Chinese government could spy on app users’ personal data. TikTok has denied it’s a security threat but said it’s still trying to work with the administration to resolve its concerns.
A year in 60 secs: TikTok lists top videos, creators of 2020
FILE - The TikTok app logo appears in Tokyo on Sept. 28, 2020. The social media app shared its list of top 100 videos, creators and trends in America in 2020. The social media video app on Wednesday shared its list of top 100 videos, creators and trends in America during 2020, recapping a year of viral videos that were sometimes a needed distraction in a tumultuous year. For some TikTok creators, the pandemic itself became inspiration to create a connection with other users. '”But the most liked TikTok video is actually even harder to explain to those who haven't used the app.
Elton John, TikTok team up to educate about AIDS epidemic
LOS ANGELES – The Elton John AIDS Foundation and TikTok are teaming up to raise awareness about the disease through a campaign and live event for World AIDS Day. The event will air on John’s TikTok channel featuring the singer and husband-filmmaker David Furnish along with performances by Sam Smith, Sam Fender and Rina Sawayama. The campaign is also expected to help educate TikTokers about the prevention and own sexual health. “We all need to care about HIV and end the discrimination around this disease,” John said in a statement. “There’s a great lineup for our TikTok Live to break down the myths around HIV, talk about safe sex and ensure that young people know how to protect themselves and others.”
TikTok asks court to intervene as Trump order looms
The popular video-sharing app TikTok, its future in limbo since President Donald Trump tried to shut it down earlier this fall, is asking a federal court to intervene. TikTok's Chinese owner, ByteDance, has until Thursday to sell off its U.S. operations under an executive order that Trump signed in August. The department “remains focused" on resolving the alleged national security risks posed by TikTok, a Treasury spokeswoman said in a statement Wednesday evening. Trump has cited concerns that the Chinese government could spy on TikTok users if the app remains under Chinese ownership. TikTok is now looking to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review Trump's divestment order and the government's national-security review.
Judge postpones Trump's TikTok ban in suit brought by users
A federal judge has postponed President Donald Trump's threatened shutdown of the popular short-form video app TikTok, siding with a Pennsylvania comedian and two other TikTok creators who say Trump's order hampers their free speech. The Trump administration has said TikTok is a security threat, citing its Chinese owner, ByteDance, and the possibility that the Chinese government could spy on users. Trump's executive order was set to take effect Nov. 12, but is now on hold as the lawsuit proceeds. This is not the first court challenge to Trump's attempted crackdown on TikTok. Another federal judge in September postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned TikTok from smartphone app stores.
Love blossoms amid pandemic, TikTok turmoil for two creators
TikTok personalities Ian Paget, left, and Chris Olsen pose for a portrait in West Hollywood, Calif. on Oct. 20, 2020. Olsen and Paget arrived on TikTok in April, considering it a fun distraction in lockdown. This is how I passionately convey what I'm feeling in a sometimes loving and sometimes emphatic way," Paget said. Whether dancing, vlogging or pranking, they're a pandemic success story no matter where the coronavirus and TikTok lead them. “TikTok really found its way into everyone's life during the pandemic," Paget said.
Video app TikTok leans into e-commerce with Shopify deal
The popular short-form video app TikTok, still under U.S. government scrutiny for its Chinese ownership, is moving closer to becoming a marketplace for buying stuff. Canadian e-commerce platform Shopify said Tuesday it's made a deal with TikTok enabling merchants to create “shoppable” video ads that drive customers to online stores. The partnership was announced Tuesday amid stalled negotiations for Walmart to buy a 7.5% stake in the video app. Then, video ads will be automatically generated that could show up in a TikTok user’s video feed and drive customers to Shopify for checkout. Walmart and Shopify are on good terms, having teamed up against Amazon in June on a deal that enables Shopify’s small businesses to get listed on Walmart.com.
Stevie Nicks joined TikTok so she could lace up her skates, sing ‘Dreams’ and drink some Ocean Spray
You might know him as TikTok star Doggface, who now famously posted the viral TikTok of him longboarding down the street listening to Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 hit “Dreams” while sipping out of a bottle of Ocean Spray cran-raspberry drink. Because of the TikTok, “Dreams” is up in the charts, Apodaca is releasing a Halloween costume based off the video, and Stevie Nicks has joined TikTok to upload her own version of the “Dreams” video. As many of us know, Nicks is a member of Fleetwood Mac and wrote and sings “Dreams.”It’s a song she wrote when she was breaking up with fellow Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham. For any Nicks fan, it’s incredible to just hear a snippet of her singing “live.”Oh, and don’t forget about the bottle of Ocean Spray. You can see Nicks' video below.
Pakistan bans Chinese app TikTok over unlawful content
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan blocked the Chinese social media app TikTok, saying the company failed to fully comply with the instructions to develop an effective mechanism to control unlawful content. In a statement, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said Friday that it took the step after receiving complaints against “immoral and indecent” content on the video-sharing platform. But TikTok “failed to fully comply with PTA’s instructions,” after which the authority decided to ban it in Pakistan. It showcases the talent of the youth of Pakistan in front of the whole world," she said of TikTok. The video-sharing app, which is owned by China’s ByteDance, is the third-most downloaded app over the past year after WhatsApp and Facebook and has been downloaded almost 39 million times in Pakistan.
Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ is gaining popularity, thanks to that hilarious now-viral TikTok
Fleetwood Mac’s classic hit “Dreams,” sung by the witchy Stevie Nicks, is having a breath of new life, thanks to a TikTok that recently went viral. He’s just enjoying life and jamming out to some Fleetwood Mac. The TikTok blew up on social media, and even Fleetwood Mac’s Twitter account took notice, and tweeted “We love this!” to all of its followers. As if this story couldn’t get any better, Fleetwood Mac’s drummer, Mick Fleetwood, recently joined TikTok so he could recreate the now famous video. Now twirl, Stevie Nicks, twirl!
Federal judge postpones Trump ban on popular app TikTok
NEW YORK – A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. smartphone app stores around midnight. The ruling followed an emergency hearing Sunday morning in which lawyers for TikTok argued that the administration's app-store ban would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business. In arguments to Judge Nichols, TikTok lawyer John Hall said that TikTok is more than an app, since it functions as a “modern day version of a town square." In addition, Hall argued that a ban would prevent existing users from automatically receiving security updates, eroding national security. Trump set the process in motion with executive orders in August that declared TikTok and another Chinese app, WeChat, threats to national security.