September 30, 2023

Mother Posts At-Home Abortion on TikTok

monicathehuman/TikTok A mother filmed herself undergoing the chemical abortion process and posted it to TikTok, Newsweek reported Saturday. Monica, 25, told the outlet that when she posted the video on July 20, she hoped it would help “abortion become[s] more normalized and seen as what it is — healthcare.” In the video, the Los Angeles

Ticked-Off TikTok Users Launch Lawsuit Against Montana Ban

A group of five TikTok users have reportedly launched a lawsuit aimed at preventing Montana from banning the platform. Five users of Chinese social media platform TikTok have reportedly filed papers in a U.S. federal court aimed at blocking Montana from banning the platform. It comes after the state’s Governor Greg Gianforte (R) announced on Thursday

Rand Paul riles his GOP colleagues again — this time over TikTok

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is warning the rest of the GOP about the electoral price it might pay for yanking one of young voters’ favorite apps. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Rand’s got a new stand: Banning TikTok will backfire on the GOP with young voters. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who’s shown repeatedly that he’ll stretch chamber

TikTok is a necessary evil for Democratic campaigns

Strategists say they’re doubtful the increased governmental scrutiny on the app will change TikTok’s dominance among young people — and thus campaign strategies likely won’t change. | Mario Tama/Getty Images) To Congress, TikTok is a bogeyman. To campaign strategists, it’s absolutely necessary. The app, which says it has 15src million active users in the country

Biden White House teams up with TikTok influencers to help tout record on social media, ‘reach young people’

The Biden White House has teamed up with TikTok influencers and more in a new effort to tout his record on social media and “reach young people,” according to Axios.  The president, who has yet to officially announce his re-election bid, is reportedly enlisting the help of hundred of influencers on TikTok and other social […]

Bill to ban TikTok slammed as ‘Patriot Act for the digital age’

Activists and organizations are sounding the alarm that the RESTRICT Act, touted to stop foreign spying via apps like TikTok, will instead endanger basic American freedoms. A bipartisan group of senators led by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and John Thune, R-S.D., unveiled the RESTRICT Act on March 7. The legislation is meant to crack down […]

Democrats Focus on Woke Grievances During TikTok Hearing, Not National Security

While most lawmakers focused on TikTok’s ties to communist China at today’s hearing with its CEO, Shou Zi Chew, Congresswomen Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Yvette Clarke (D-NY) focused on what, for them, appeared to be a more important priority: stopping algorithms from becoming racist. The House Energy and Commerce Committee called the hearing amid widespread concerns

TikTok Paid for an Astroturfed Mob of Influencers to Show Up as CEO Testified Before Congress

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Chinese-owned TikTok reportedly paid for the transportation of popular influencers on its platform to appear in Washington as the company’s CEO appeared before congress. Wired reports that the social media behemoth TikTok launched a large-scale campaign in D.C., which included paying for TikTok influencers to meet their home state lawmakers, staffers, and

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Announces ‘Security Plan’ to Prohibit TikTok on State Government-Issued Devices, State Networks

MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images // Inset: LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty Images Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced a “statewide model security plan” for state employees and contractors to follow that prohibits TikTok and other software on government-issued devices as well as the use of prohibited technology-enabled personal devices on government networks.  Abbott’s statewide model security plan would address the “vulnerabilities” presented by using TikTok and

Rubio Reintroduces Bipartisan TikTok Ban, Says ‘Momentum Is Growing’ to Pass Bill

ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) reintroduced a bill with Sen. Angus King (I-ME) on Friday to ban TikTok unless the app is fully divested of Chinese ownership, announcing that “momentum is growing” to pass the legislation. Rubio and King’s bill — the Averting the National Threat of Internet Surveillance, Oppressive Censorship and

TikTok Slammed for ‘Doing Nothing’ Over Pro-Anorexia Content

TikTok is failing to protect young users from dangerous content promoting eating disorders, according to a new report, despite being warned by researchers that the posts were receiving millions of views.Late last year, a group of researchers at the Center For Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) warned TikTok they had found harmful pro-eating disorder content hidden

Commerce Sec’y Raimondo: We Shouldn’t Ban TikTok, Its Issues ‘Aren’t Just Limited to TikTok’

During an interview with Bloomberg on Thursday, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo opposed a ban on TikTok and argued that the issues that make the app a problem, like the app being Chinese-owned and its issues around privacy and misinformation, “aren’t just limited to TikTok.” Bloomberg Washington Bureau Chief Peggy Collins asked, [relevant exchange begins around

TikTok Hit With Another Lawsuit Over Teens’ Eating Disorders

K.S., a 14-year-old girl The Daily Beast is identifying by her initials to protect her privacy, was 12 years old when she first downloaded TikTok, a video app all her friends seemed to be newly hooked on. It was early 2020, and once COVID-19 hit, K.S. found herself with little to do besides engage as

Twitter Files Reveals Troubling Details of How Company Blacklisted Libs of TikTok

A new installment of the Twitter Files investigation has revealed that the popular Libs of TikTok account was one of the conservative voices targeted by the company’s former censorship queen, Vijaya Gadde, and Trump-hating leftist Yoel Roth, who had the account placed on a “Trends Blacklist.” The new information paints a troubling picture of how Twitter

TikTok Deal Delayed over National Security Concerns

Negotiations between the U.S. government and China-owned TikTok have been delayed due to national security concerns involving ByteDance, the app’s Chinese parent company, and its access to the private user data of Americans. A potential deal between the Biden administration and TikTok is delayed due to ongoing national security concerns, people familiar with the situation

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr Urges DOJ to Investigate Apple, Google over TikTok

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr is urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate Apple and TikTok. Carr is a consistent critic of China’s TikTok, calling the app a wolf in “sheep’s clothing.” Carr calling on the DOJ to launch an investigation is his latest move in an attempt to try to get Apple to remove

TikTok Star and Bernie Sanders Fan Blasted for Showing Off $2 Million Apartment

A woman who went viral for a clip supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is being criticized for giving her followers a tour of what she claimed is her $2 million apartment. “Nicole Sanchez, who is better known by her username Neekolul, is the TikTok star behind the viral ‘ok, boomer’ video, in which she danced…