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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WhatsApp is working on the ability for users to confirm the creation of a new WhatsApp Web session using their fingerprint in the 184.108.40.206 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.
WhatsApp 220.127.116.11 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.
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.
The latest WhatsApp 18.104.22.168 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.
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.
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.