Grabyo Integrates Its Cloud Video Platform With TikTok

Grabyo has been chosen as a launch partner for TikTok’s new Share to TikTok platform API, which lets users reach their consumers by streamlining video production and delivery to TikTok accounts from the web. The new integration enables users to speed up their workflows by creating a clip or video in vertical format within Grabyo’s […]

YouTube, Snap And TikTok Execs Take Their Turns Answering To Washington

‘As Seen On TikTok’ Is The New ‘As Seen On TV’

TikTok, an app best known for dancing videos with 1 billion users worldwide, has also become a shopping phenomenon. National chains, hoping to get TikTok’s mostly young users into its stores, are setting up TikTok sections, reminiscent of “As Seen On TV” stores that sold products hawked on infomercials. Above, a column of candy, left, featured in TikTok videos is displayed at It’Sugar candy store on the Upper East Side of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

TikTok Wants More Ad Dollars, And It Has A New Plan To Get Them

In a quest for more revenue, the app known for short videos is trying to make it easier to match its stars with brands.

Pew: Sizable Portion Of U.S. Use Social Media For News

The survey found that “a sizable portion” of U.S. adults (48%) say they get news “sometimes” or “often” from social media sites.

TikTok Tests Longer Video, More Options For Advertisers

TikTok, the world’s most downloaded non-gaming app in July, is testing longer videos on its platform. Social media consultant Matt Navarra broke the news by publishing a screenshot of a TikTok bulletin. “Upload longer videos,” the post read, “…up to 5 minutes long from your device.”

WLWT Weekend Anchor Megan Mitchell Finds Stardom On TikTok

TikTok Takes Over Top Sponsor Spot At VidCon, Edging Out YouTube

US Drops Trump Order Targeting TikTok, Plans Own Review

A new executive order directs the Commerce Department to undertake what officials describe as an “evidence-based” analysis of transactions involving apps that are manufactured or supplied or controlled by China. Officials are particularly concerned about apps that collect users’ personal data or have connections to Chinese military or intelligence activities.

ByteDance Founder To Step Down As CEO

How Do You Hook Gen Z On Local News? Using TikTok To Test Ideas

Last month, Cronkite News challenged itself to produce 30 TikToks in as many days — an effort to get the newsroom experimenting with the short-form mobile video platform that’s gained more than a billion users since its worldwide launch in 2017, but has yet to catch on widely with local TV stations. By the end of the month-long challenge, the newsroom had trounced its initial goal and produced 65 TikToks. Here’s what was learned.

Biden Administration Still Weighing TikTok And WeChat Bans

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TVN Newsroom Innovators | NBC News ‘Nails The Voice’ On TikTok

As one of the few TV news players on TikTok, NBC News pairs professional polish with a “gut feeling” for native voice and trending elements. Meg Ludemann, its de facto anchor there, aims for the persona of “your smart friend who’s telling you what’s going on.” Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

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TVN Focus On Digital | Facebook Remains TV Stations’ Most Important Social Platform

Facebook overwhelmingly is the most important social media platform for TV stations, say executives for CBS stations, E.W. Scripps, Nexstar, NBCU stations, Fox stations and Meredith. Broadcasters’ relationship with the platform once widely viewed as a “frenemy” continues to evolve, though the opacity of its all-important algorithm still frustrates. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

TikTok Owner To Pay $92M In US Privacy Settlement

Chinese parent ByteDance has settled a class-action lawsuit alleging that the video-sharing app failed to get users consent to collect data in violation of a strict Illinois privacy law.

TikTok’s Sale Shelved Indefinitely

A U.S. plan to force the sale of TikTok’s American operations to a group including Oracle and Walmart has been put on hold indefinitely, people familiar with the situation say, as President Biden undertakes a broad review of his predecessor’s efforts to address potential security risks from Chinese tech companies.

TikTok Poised To Outlast Trump, Test Biden

It is unclear how the president-elect will approach the Chinese tech industry.

From Zoom To Quibi, 2020’S Tech Winners & Losers

We streamed, we Zoomed, we ordered groceries and houseplants online, we created virtual villages while navigating laptop shortages to work and learn from home. In many ways, 2020′s pandemic-induced isolation threw our dependence on technology into overdrive, snipping away at our real-life connections while bringing digital relationships to the fore. But for every life-changing Zoom, […]

US Appeals Order Blocking TikTok Restrictions

The U.S. government on Monday appealed a federal judge’s order that blocked the Commerce Department from imposing restrictions on Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok that would have effectively barred its use in the United States.

As Deadline Lapses, Trump Administration Continues TikTok Talks

The White House did not extend a Dec. 4 deadline for the Chinese internet company ByteDance to sell TikTok.

TikTok Divestment Plan Gets Another Extension

Bytedance, the parent company of TikTok, was granted another 7-day extension from the U.S. Treasury on Wednesday afternoon to divest from its American assets. TikTok was given a two-week extension earlier this month to have its divestment plan approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, but that was set to expire on Friday.

TikTok Asks Court To Step In As Sale Deadline Looms

TikTok is asking a court to push off a looming deadline that would require the short-form video app to be spun off from its Chinese parent company ByteDance this week. The company on Tuesday petitioned a federal appeals court to halt the enforcement of an executive order put forth by President Donald Trump in August that would mandate the sale by Thursday.

TikTok Is Swooning Over Election Analysts

Fancam videos — which splice together footage of someone the TikTok community is fawning over — are considered to be the sincerest form of admiration. Think Ariana Grande, Kristen Stewart and Kim Jong-in of popular K-pop group Exo. Well, this week, users found a new subject to fixate on: election analysts including CNN’s John King and MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki.

U.S. Appeals Injunction Against TikTok Ban

The federal government on Thursday appealed a judge’s ruling that prevented the Trump administration from imposing a ban on TikTok, the viral video app owned by the Chinese company ByteDance.

Federal Judge Postpones Trump TikTok Ban

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.

TikTok Bans Some Advertisements

TikTok on Wednesday announced plans to tighten its advertising policies on weight loss and dieting products such as fasting apps and weight-loss supplements, and increase restrictions on ads that promote a harmful or negative body image.

China Threatens To Kill TikTok Deal

China has no reason to approve the “dirty” and “unfair” deal that allows Oracle and Walmart to effectively take over TikTok based on “bullying and extortion,” slammed an editorial published Wednesday in China Daily, an official English-language newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party.

ByteDance, Oracle Stalled Over TikTok Terms

ByteDance and Oracle Corp issued conflicting statements on Monday over the terms of an agreement they reached with the White House over the weekend to allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States, casting doubt on President Donald Trump’s preliminary blessing of the deal.

What The TikTok Deal Achieved

The saga of TikTok had everything: Ominous threats of surveillance. A forced fire sale. Threats of retaliation. Head-spinning deal terms that morphed by the hour. Dark horse bidders and a looming deadline. Now, as the dust settles on the weeks of drama over the social media app, investors and others are asking what it was all for. The answer? A cloud computing contract for the Silicon Valley business software company OracleT, a merchandising deal for Walmart and a claim of victory for President Trump.

Trump Backs Proposed TikTok Deal

Trump said the proposed deal between Oracle and Walmart will result in a new company likely to be based in Texas. “I have given the deal my blessing,” he said. “If they get it done, that’s great. If they don’t, that’s OK too.”

US Bans WeChat, TikTok From App Stores

The Commerce Department said President Trump’s proposed ban of the apps WeChat and TikTok will go into effect Sunday, Sept. 20, to “safeguard the national security of the United States.” The order follows weeks of dealmaking over the video-sharing service TikTok. President Donald Trump has pressured the app’s Chinese owner to sell TikTok’s U.S. operations to a domestic company to satisfy U.S. concerns over TikTok’s data collection and related issues.

Officials: Trump To Block U.S. Downloads Of TikTok, WeChat On Sunday

The U.S. Commerce Department plans to issue an order today that will bar people in the United States from downloading Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok starting on this Sunday, Sept. 20, according to three officials.

Backlash Grows To TikTok-Oracle Deal

Senate Republicans and others criticized the latest plan to allow TikTok to continue operating in the United States, citing national security concerns.

 

TikTok Owner Picks Oracle Over Microsoft

TikTok’s owner ByteDance has chosen Oracle over Microsoft as its preferred suitor to buy the popular video-sharing app, according to a source familiar with the deal.

TikTok US Sale Faces Fresh Hurdle

New Chinese government restrictions could complicate ByteDance plans to sell TikTok to a U.S. company and avoid a ban threatened by Donald Trump. Late on Friday, Beijing issued new restrictions or bans on tech exports, requiring companies to seek government approval — a process that can take up to 30 days. In mid-August, Trump gave the company 90 days to sell or face a shutdown.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Why TikTok May Not Survive Being Sold

The magic behind the app was made in China — and it’s not clear that Microsoft, Walmart or Oracle can recapture it.

Walmart, Microsoft Teaming On TikTok Bid

Walmart says it’s teaming up with Microsoft in a bid for TikTok. The retail giant confirmed to CNBC that it’s interested in buying the popular short-form video application. Walmart shares are up nearly 5% on the news.

TikTok Teens Are Obsessed With ‘Criminal Minds.’ They May Change TV Fandom Forever

TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer Resigns After 3 Months

His resignation follows President Donald Trump’s order to ban TikTok unless its parent company, ByteDance, sells its U.S. operations to an American company within 90 days. Mayer said that his decision to leave comes after the “political environment has sharply changed.”

How TikTok’s Talks With Microsoft Turned Into A Soap Opera

Neither side wanted a big deal. But what began as talks about a small investment ballooned with interventions from President Trump.