Posts tagged with "Tik Tok"

Bush patrol: Man dressed as shrub sneaks out during COVID-19 lockdown

April 2, 2020

We can only characterize this move as “bush league.” With the UK under strict lockdown rules, residents cannot leave their homes unless they adhere to strict guidelines. However, one sneaky individual decided he could make it to the supermarket, if he simply camouflaged himself and faded into the scenery.

A couple from Stevenage—a town in Hertfordshire, England, just 28 miles north of London—shared footage with Fox News that they say shows one of their neighbors donning a disguise to head out to the store.

According to Nicholas Murray and Madeline Mai-Davies, the video shows the man dressed as a bush and apparently sneaking out to the store before heading back home with a shopping bag (and tripping along the way).

The couple captioned the footage, “Neighbor’s back at it again, sneaking out during lockdown” and “Neighbor always sneaking out to get his shopping.”

The videos, uploaded to Tik Tok, have received over 700,000 views.

Research contact: @FoxNews

Is the clock running out on Tik Tok?

October 29, 2019

TikTok—the viral short video app launched by Beijing-based ByteDance, which earlier this year announced that it had amassed more than one billion monthly active users worldwide, most of them teens—is facing a growing backlash in the United States.

In fact, according to a report by CNN, U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are warning that the app could pose a national security risk—and are calling on regulators and intelligence agencies to investigate TikTok’s ties to China.

Senators Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) now are demanding that the U.S. intelligence community to assess the national security risks of TikTok and other Chinese-owned platforms—saying in a statement Thursday that such apps could be used to spy on US citizens or become targets of foreign influence campaigns; much like the Russian meddling campaign to influence the 2016 US presidential election.

According to CNN, last quarter, the app was the second most downloaded worldwide, just behind Facebook (FB)-owned messaging platform WhatsApp. It also made $40 million in revenue on the iOS App store last quarter, and has amassed about 100 million users in the United States, according to Sensor Tower.

Because TikTok’s parent company is based in China, it could be compelled “to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party,” the senators said, according to CNN—adding in a letter to the Acting US Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire that “there is no legal mechanism for Chinese companies to appeal if they disagree with a request.”

TikTok said in a statement that it stores all US user data in the United States and backs it up in Singapore.

“Our data centers are located entirely outside of China, and none of our data is subject to Chinese law,” the company said in a statement on October 26. “Further, we have a dedicated technical team focused on adhering to robust cybersecurity policies, and data privacy and security practices.”

Research contact @CNN