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X, ByteDance, Booking.com could face tough EU rules

Elon Musk's X social media platform, TikTok owner ByteDance and Booking.com may meet EU criteria subjecting them to tough tech rules as so-called gatekeepers, the European Commission said late Friday, after notifications by the companies.The Digital Markets Act (DMA) designates companies with more than 45 million monthly active users and 75 billion euros ($81 billion) in market capitalisation as gatekeepers providing a core platform service for business users.Elevate Your Tech Prowess with High-Value Skill CoursesOffering…

TikTok: EU opens formal proceedings against TikTok under Digital Services Act

The European Commission has opened formal proceedings against ByteDance's TikTok under the Digital Services Act (DSA), according to a document seen by Reuters, to see if the social media platform is doing enough to protect children."The protection of minors is a top enforcement priority for the DSA. As a platform that reaches millions of children and teenagers, TikTok must fully comply with the DSA and has a particular role to play in the protection of minors online," said EU Commissioner Thierry Breton, in the…

New York City is suing social media firms for allegedly harming the mental health of children

After designating social media as a "public health hazard" in late January, New York City is now suing Meta, Google, Snap and TikTok for "fueling nationwide youth mental health crisis." Specifically, these companies face three counts in the lawsuit: public nuisance, negligence and gross negligence. The Mayor Eric Adams administration accuses TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube of "endangering our children's mental health, promoting addiction, and encouraging unsafe behavior."These are allegedly achieved by…

Xiaomi says India’s scrutiny of Chinese firms unnerves suppliers: Report – India TV

Image Source : FILE Xiaomi Xiaomi, a Chinese tech player has recently told New Delhi that smartphone component suppliers are cautious about setting up operations in the Indian market, amid heavy scrutiny of Chinese companies by the government, according to a letter and a source with direct knowledge of the matter. Xiaomi (1810.HK), has opened a new tab, which has the…

Lawmakers urge Biden administration to ban TikTok parent company

More than a dozen lawmakers called on the Department of Commerce on Thursday to add ByteDance, the Beijing-based parent company of TikTok, to its export control list in order to “address critical vulnerabilities created by the company’s access to U.S. software.” The group, led by Reps. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), expressed concerns about the security of U.S. user data on TikTok, as well as the relationship between ByteDance and the Chinese government. “TikTok provides the with…

bytedance us export control list: US lawmakers urge commerce department to put ByteDance on export control list

A group of 15 US lawmakers on Thursday urged the commerce department to add TikTok's China-based parent company ByteDance to a government export control list to restrict its access to American software.The lawmakers, led by Republican representative Dan Crenshaw and Democrat Josh Gottheimer, in a letter to commerce secretary Gina Raimondo urged that ByteDance be added to what is known as the "Entity List" in order "to address critical vulnerabilities created by the company's access to US software." Elevate Your Tech…

TikTok Is Destroying Itself From the Inside Out

At the beginning of 2023, TikTok was one of the weirdest and most delightful places on the internet. An app with a reputation for memes and 30-second dances had become the front page of the internet, and it seemed TikTok was only getting better as the platform matured. A year later, TikTok’s growth finally appears to have plateaued, and while the app is still a cultural behemoth, there’s a surprising truth lurking in the app’s success: TikTok is in trouble. In a bid to spread into new areas and fend off competitors,…

Biden robocall: Audio deepfake fuels election disinformation fears

The 2024 White House race faces the prospect of a firehose of AI-enabled disinformation, with a robocall impersonating US President Joe Biden already stoking particular alarm about audio deepfakes."What a bunch of malarkey," said the phone message, digitally spoofing Biden's voice and echoing one of his signature phrases. The robocall urged New Hampshire residents not to cast ballots in the Democratic primary last month, prompting state authorities to launch a probe into possible voter suppression. It also triggered…

Cotton defends pressing TikTok CEO on ties to Chinese Communist Party

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) defended pressing TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew about potential ties to the Chinese Communist Party at a Senate hearing Wednesday. “Singapore, unfortunately, is one of the places in the world that has the highest degree of infiltration and influence by the Chinese Communist Party,” Cotton said on Fox News’s “The Story With Martha MacCallum” Wednesday. “So, Mr. Chew has a lot to answer for, for what his app is doing in America and why it’s doing it.” Chew, alongside other social media…

The AI Industry Has a Not So Secret Weapon: Lobbyists

Photo: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert (Getty Images)A new report from CNBC shows that lobbyists connected to the AI industry were quite busy last year. Indeed, in 2023, AI lobbying efforts shot up 185 percent from the previous year. The analysis, which is based on disclosures provided to the non-profit OpenSecrets, shows that the long list of companies that tried to exert their influence in the halls of Congress last year include prominent AI businesses like OpenAI, Anthropic, Nvidia, and AMD, as well as companies where AI is