TikTok settles out of another lawsuit regarding privacy of minors

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TikTok settles out of another lawsuit regarding privacy of minorsTiktok Artwork Credit Study Breaks Magazine

TikTok’s popularity continues to soar, with recent numbers indicating over 110 million app downloads in the US alone. But legal troubles for the video sharing social network continue to mount. This week TikTok’s parent company ByteDance agreed to a settlement of 1.1 million dollars after it was alleged to have mishandled the personal data of its minor users. The million-dollar settlement comes just one day after the lawsuit was filed.

According to the complaint, which was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, TikTok, “in a quest to generate profits, surreptitiously tracked, collected, and disclosed the personally identifiable information and/or viewing data of children under the age of 13— without parental consent.”

In addition to the questionable, if not downright illegal
handling of the personal data of minors, the lawsuit alleges that “because the
App had virtually all privacy features disabled by default, there were serious
ramifications, including reports of adults trying to contact minor children via
the App.”

Although a settlement in the millions sounds like big bucks, it’s worth noting that valuations for TikTok regularly breach the 10-billion-dollar mark, leaving many wondering if this is anything more than a slap on the wrist for the China-based app.

TikTok’s recent settlement may be their latest, but it’s far from their greatest, as the company paid out a total of 5.7 million dollars after allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in February of this year.

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H/T: Washington Post

TikTok looks to launch a streaming platform to compete with Spotify and Apply Music

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TikTok looks to launch a streaming platform to compete with Spotify and Apply MusicTiktok Artwork Credit Study Breaks Magazine

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance might be developing its own music streaming service to compete with Spotify and Apple Music. According to reports, the service may be available as soon as next month.

The Financial Times reported the looming streaming service will look to open in markets such as India before testing the waters in the United States. Music industry executives are reportedly looking to capitalize on the free app, which tends to feature users lip-syncing and dancing to music in their short videos.

The popular content app recently announced they surpassed the one billion monthly active users mark with 1.5 billion downloads.

Following the competitive streaming service announcement, Spotify shares dropped 3%. The major streaming platform’s shares also declined 5% after Amazon announced their music streaming service would be available for free.

H/T: HYPEBEAST

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How To Upload Music to TikTok

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Move over Instagram, TikTok has arrived and is taking the world by storm. Today, TikTok has millions of users around the world creating and uploading their own short videos to reach more than 1 billion people using the app around the world. As of 2019, there are 500 million users on TikTok and 500 million

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Social Platform Musical.ly To Shut Down After Merger With TikTok

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The social media platform Musical.ly is being shut down by its owner Beijing Bytedance Technology Co and has merged the app’s community with its other app, TikTok. After their official announcement yesterday (August 2nd), its users were asked to update the app. After purchasing Musical.ly for more than $800 million in November of 2017, the

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