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Teachers fear that TikTok ban will hurt education in US

Fearful TikTok creators are concerned about the potential ban of the popular short-content platform. One of the concerns expressed by people is the loss of learning opportunities for children. With the platform deemed a national security threat by the US government, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance, will soon face a ban, unless it chooses to sell the platform to an American entity. Teachers say that children will lose countless learning opportunities if there’s no TikTok Several TikTokers have voiced fears about a ban…

Politicians Who Voted to Ban TikTok May Own as Much as $126 Million in Tech Stocks

Financial disclosures show that members of Congress who voted for the so-called “TikTok ban” last week may own between $29 million and $126 million worth of stock in competing tech companies, according to data from Quiver Quantitative, a company that tracks congressional investments. Among the 352 members of the House of Representatives who voted “yes” on the bill, 44 reported they own shares of companies including Amazon, Google, Meta, Microsoft, and Snap—all corporations that could stand to benefit if TikTok is forced…

Some senators who received a classified briefing about TikTok say China's government can use the app to spy on US users and push…

Axios: Some senators who received a classified briefing about TikTok say China's government can use the app to spy on US users and push propaganda at alarming levels — China's government can use TikTok to spy on American users and push propaganda at alarming levels, senators who received … Axios: Some senators who received a classified briefing about TikTok say China's government can use the app to spy on US users and push propaganda at alarming levels — China's…

The case against the TikTok ban bill

A year ago, I visited TikTok’s US headquarters to preview its new “transparency center,” a central piece of its multibillion-dollar effort to convince the US its meme factory isn’t a . That effort has failed. The company’s negotiations with the government stalled out and the company is now facing its most serious threat to a future in the United States yet.Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill that, if passed into law, would force ByteDance to sell TikTok or face an outright ban in…

House Passes Privacy Bill Banning Data Brokers From Selling Your Info to Russia and China

The U.S. House passed a bill that would ban third-party data brokers from selling the user data of Americans to geopolitical adversaries like China and Russia. And while it still needs to pass the Senate to become law, it’s a step in the right direction as recent headlines mostly focus on a potential ban on TikTok in the U.S.Mourning the Loss of Addison Rae’s Debut Album | The Meme MachineThe Protecting Americans’ Data from Foreign Adversaries Act, H.R. 7520, passed unanimously on Wednesday, 414-0, and would ban data…

How does TikTok’s algorithm actually work?

TikTok’s algorithm has helped revolutionize the way social media works—and compelled competitors like Meta to overhaul their own algorithms. However, even those within the company have said they don’t fully understand how the algorithm presents videos to users.Now researchers from the U.S. and Europe have uncovered some insights into how the much-vaunted algorithm operates, including the extent to which TikTok echoes users’ interests versus trying to expand the videos they watch.Karan Vombatkere at Boston University and…

eu rules: EU adopts measures soon to curb election risks on X, TikTok, Facebook

Under EU guidelines likely to be adopted next week, Elon Musk's X, TikTok, Facebook and other major online platforms are expected to act to mitigate risks to elections or face fines, a European Commission official said on Wednesday.The EU executive had in February announced the draft guidelines, part of the Digital Services Act (DSA) which requires Big Tech to do more to tackle illegal and harmful content on their platforms.Elevate Your Tech Prowess with High-Value Skill CoursesOffering CollegeCourseWebsiteIndian School…

Oprah’s Weight-Loss Special Celebrates Ozempic, Other Obesity Meds

In Oprah Winfrey’s newest television special Shame, Blame, and the Weight Loss Revolution, the celebrated television host tells the crowd that when she got over the excitement of first appearing on the cover of TV Guide, she noticed a demeaning headline referencing her weight. “Bumpy, lumpy, and downright dumpy,” the magazine read. That sentiment would be echoed in the hateful and rude treatment, Winfrey said, that has followed her throughout her career.  “I took on the shame that the world gave to me,” Winfrey,…

Can TikTok Bring Back This Forgotten Mexican Genre, Duranguense?

Comedian El Es Fede couldn’t figure out how to make his stand-up routines work on TikTok. Sometimes, he’d post silly storytime-style videos or he’d play with viral sounds, getting a couple thousand views. But nothing ever took off like he wished it would. Then, in January, he decided to try something completely different. He created a hilarious sketch imagining what happened when the popular duranguense act Alacranes Músical made their hit “Por Tu Amor” in the early 2000s. He played every role himself: the singer…