Maryland Governor Bans Use Of TikTok On State Devices

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued an emergency directive on Tuesday prohibiting the use of Chinese-owned short-video sharing app TikTok on state government devices and networks, the latest U.S. Republican to crack down on TikTok.

TikTok Builds Itself Into An Ads Juggernaut

The Chinese-owned video app’s ad business is thriving, even as a digital advertising slump hurts Meta, Snap and other rivals. Above: Screen shots of an ad, featuring Kate Bartlett, for Tiffany & Co. on TikTok.

As Washington Wavers On Regulating TikTok, Beijing Exerts Control

The wildly popular app’s link to China has sparked fears over propaganda and privacy. It’s also exposed America’s failure to safeguard the web.

Talking TV: Tegna’s Verify Finds Hyper-Engagement On TikTok

Tegna’s Verify investigative team has won a following of 100,000 and growing on TikTok, where a younger demographic has been drawn to its simple reportorial mission and authentic voice. TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Verify’s Ariane Datil and Casey Decker about the dos and don’ts of making TikTok work for news. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

FCC’s Carr Calls For TikTok Ban Over Data Concerns

The Council on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) should take action to ban TikTok, according to Brendan Carr, one of five FCC commissioners. It’s the strongest language Carr has used to date to urge action on TikTok. With more than 200 million downloads in the U.S. alone, the popular app is becoming a form of critical information infrastructure — making the app’s ownership by a Chinese parent company a target of growing national security concern.

TikTok Seen Moving Toward U.S. Security Deal, But Hurdles Remain

A draft agreement with the Biden administration to keep the Chinese-owned video app operating in the United States is under review. That could mean more wrangling.

Did This TikToker Find Unseen Photos Of A 1937 Massacre In China?

Senators Seek FTC Investigation Of TikTok

Legislators from both sides of the aisle — Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — have teamed up to urge the Federal Trade Commission to investigate over-the-top video clip streaming site TikTok based on reports that suggest the Chinese-based company is not insulated from the Chinese government’s demands for data on U.S. users. Warner and Rubio are the chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

FCC’s Brendan Carr To Apple, Google App Stores: TikTok Has To Go

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr says Apple and Google need to remove TikTok from their respective app stores, citing in a tweet “its pattern of surreptitious data practices.” Specifically, Carr was referencing a BuzzFeed News report that officials of TikTok’s Bytedance parent in China had repeatedly been able to access sensitive data of Americans after they downloaded the app from their stores.

Facebook Is Changing Its Algorithm To Take On TikTok, Leaked Memo Reveals

TikTok redefined the idea of a social media feed — can Facebook play catch-up before it’s too late?

YouTube Says It’s Gaining On TikTok In Short-Video Race

Alphabet’s Google discloses Shorts monthly viewership for first time amid heightened competition from TikTok and Instagram Reels.

TikTok’s Amber Heard Hate Machine

Television turned the celebrity trial into a 24-hour tabloid spectacle. Social media made it into a sport.


KSL-TV Reporter Tops 7 Million Views On TikTok

Groups: Unchecked Election Disinformation Is Dominant Threat To Democracy

Free Press, Common Cause and a number of other progressive groups and civil rights advocates have called on the biggest social media companies to combat disinformation in the run-up to the midterm elections, the first national election since the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, saying if they don’t, they are “the dominant threat” to the democratic process. That came in the form of letters to the CEOs of Meta, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, and Alphabet from more than 100 groups.

China Used TV, TikTok Stars In Discreet Olympics Campaign

A Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 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.

Facebook Paid GOP Firm To Malign TikTok

The firm, Targeted Victory, pushed local operatives across the country to boost messages calling TikTok a threat to American children. “Dream would be to get stories with headlines like ‘From dances to danger,’ ” one campaign director said.


For Yahoo News, TikTok Is Information Exchange

In its two years on TikTok, Yahoo News has garnered 1.7 million followers by following a simple maxim: It’s all about engaging with communities rather than uploading videos and leaving.

NBCU And TikTok Partner For Winter Games

The new arrangement comes as a direct result of NBCUniversal’s RFP last year to social media platforms to propose new content, product and monetization approaches for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

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


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.


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.