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WeChat Parent Tencent Says App Will Struggle to Attract New US Users While White House, Courts Spar Over Ban

Tencent said its WeChat may not be able to win new users in the United States while the White House challenges a court ruling preventing a ban on the messaging app.

21 Sep 2020 1:21 pm
TikTok Parent ByteDance Says App Will Be Its Subsidiary Under Deal With Trump

ByteDance said on Monday that TikTok's global business will become its subsidiary, even as Oracle and Walmart said over the weekend that they and US investors would own the majority of the video app following a deal with US President Donald Trump's administration.

21 Sep 2020 10:37 am
WeChat Ban: US Judge Halts Trump Administrations Order to Remove App From Downloads

A US judge blocked the Trump administration from requiring Apple and Alphabets Google to remove Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for downloads by late Sunday.

21 Sep 2020 9:59 am
TikTok Ban: ByteDance Gets Trump Nod to Avoid Shutdown in the US

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he supported a deal in principle that would allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States, even as it appeared to conflict with his earlier order for China's ByteDance to divest the video app.

20 Sep 2020 10:14 am
TikTok Users Play It Cool Over Latest US Ban Threat

Since July, TikTok users have braced for a threatened ban of the ultra-popular short-form video app in the United States, with some opening accounts on rival platforms and encouraging friends to do the same.

19 Sep 2020 2:14 pm
TikTok and WeChat: US to Block App Downloads on Sunday

TikTok and WeChat will disappear from Apple App Store and Google Play store Sunday night in the US, unless the two apps can reach a last minute deal with Trump administration

19 Sep 2020 10:09 am
TikTok IPO Said to Be Planned by ByteDance to Win US Deal as Deadline Looms

China's ByteDance is planning a US initial public offering of TikTok Global, the new company that will operate the popular short video app, should its proposed deal be cleared by the US government, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

18 Sep 2020 5:48 pm
WhatsApps Upcoming Wallpaper Customisation Feature Spotted in Beta Version for Android

WhatsApp is actively working on introducing several changes to the Wallpaper section of its chat app, including many customisation options to tinker with

18 Sep 2020 12:35 pm
Facebook Spying on Instagram Users Through Cameras, Lawsuit Alleges

Facebook is again being sued for allegedly spying on Instagram users, this time through the unauthorised use of their mobile phone cameras.

18 Sep 2020 11:53 am
Facebook Messenger, Portal Getting Third-Party AR Effects Starting Early 2021

Facebook announced at the Facebook Connect keynote that creators using Spark AR, Facebooks AR, programme will soon have the effects they make available for people to use on Messenger and Portal, too. The roll out would begin early next year.

17 Sep 2020 3:02 pm
WhatsApp Working to Add Fingerprint Security for New Web Sessions, Latest Beta Fixes Recently Used Emoji Issue

WhatsApp is working on the ability for users to confirm the creation of a new WhatsApp Web session using their fingerprint in the 2.20.200.10 beta for Android. This feature looks to elevate the privacy and security of users, ensuring that no one secretly creates a new session when temporarily using your phone.

17 Sep 2020 11:55 am
#StopHateForProfit: Kim Kardashian West to Freeze Facebook, Instagram Accounts to Protest Hate Speech

Kim Kardashian West on Tuesday decided to freeze her Facebook and Instagram accounts, as she and other celebrities called on the social media platforms to stop the spread of hate and misinformation.

16 Sep 2020 12:23 pm
Facebook Hearing: Delhi Assembly Panel to Issue Final Notice After Representative Skips Proceedings

A Delhi Assembly panel decided on Tuesday to issue a final notice to Facebook after no representative appeared before the committee that is hearing allegations against the social media giant.

15 Sep 2020 2:21 pm
Facebook Launches Climate Science Information Center Amid Fake News Criticism

Facebook on Tuesday launched a climate science information center to elevate credible sources on climate change, as critics question its role in the spread of misinformation on the issue.

15 Sep 2020 1:52 pm
TikTok Parent ByteDance Picks Oracle as Partner, Beating Microsoft

Oracle said on Monday it would team up with China's ByteDance to keep TikTok operating in the US, beating Microsoft in a deal structured as a partnership rather than an outright sale.

15 Sep 2020 10:51 am
WhatsApp New Animated Sticker Pack Spotted in Latest Beta, Wallpaper Dimming Feature Tipped

WhatsApp 2.20.200.6 beta has added a new sticker pack in the default sticker list inside the app. This new sticker pack is called Usagyuuun and it has been created by Quan Inc. This is an animated sticker pack, a feature that was recently spotted in beta as well. The size of the sticker pack is listed to be at 3.5MB.

14 Sep 2020 11:31 am
TikTok Sale: China Said to Rather See US Operations Close Than a Forced Sale

Beijing opposes a forced sale of TikToks US operations by its Chinese owner ByteDance, and would prefer to see the short video app shut down in the United States, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

12 Sep 2020 10:45 am
TikTok US Assets Sale Deadline: Trump Says There Will Be No Extension

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday the deadline set for Chinese company ByteDance to sell its popular short-video app TikTok's US assets would not be extended.

11 Sep 2020 9:48 am
WhatsApp Spotted Working on Catalogue Shortcut, New Call Button Features in Latest Android Beta: Report

The latest WhatsApp 2.20.200.3 beta for Android has several new features. The first one is the addition of a quick shortcut in business chats for businesses that have set up a catalogue. This catalogue icon will be added next to the Call button whenever it arrives.

10 Sep 2020 10:59 am
TikTok to Join EU Code of Conduct Against Hate Speech

Chinese video app TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, will be joining the European Union's voluntary code of conduct to combat illegal hate speech online, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

8 Sep 2020 5:52 pm
Facebook Blocks Terminally Ill Alain Cocqs Planned End-of-Life Broadcasts

Facebook on Saturday blocked live broadcasts from Alain Cocq, a terminally ill bed-ridden man who appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron for a medically-assisted death and who wanted to show what he expects will be a painful end to his life after he announced that he was stopping all food and drink.

7 Sep 2020 11:25 am