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Trump Gives TikTok Owners Deadline to Sell to US Firm

App will be shut down if there's no deal by Sept. 15

(Newser) - The clock is going tick-tock when it comes to TikTok selling its US arm to Microsoft or another American company, President Trump said Monday. The president—who on Friday said he was considering banning the Chinese-owned app for security reasons—said TikTok would be shut down on Sept. 15 unless... More »

Microsoft Will 'Move Quickly' on TikTok Deal

Company says CEO has spoken to Trump about his concerns

(Newser) - Microsoft confirmed Sunday it is in talks with Chinese company ByteDance to acquire the US arm of its popular video app TikTok and has discussed with President Trump his concerns about security and censorship surrounding such an acquisition. In a statement, Microsoft said it and ByteDance have provided notice of... More »

Pompeo: Some Software Is 'Feeding Data' to Communists

The Secretary of State appears on Fox News Channel's 'Sunday Morning Futures'

(Newser) - President Trump plans to take action on a what he sees as a broad array of national security risks presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday, per the AP . Pompeo's remarks followed reports that Microsoft is in advanced talks to... More »

Trump Looks to Force Sale, and Microsoft May Be Buying

App says it wouldn't pass user data to Chinese government

(Newser) - President Trump is looking at ordering the sale of the US portion of TikTok, and Microsoft appears ready to step into the void. "We may be banning TikTok," Trump said Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports. A deal with Microsoft would bring Bytedance, the app's Chinese owner,... More »

They Posted 'Tame' TikTok Videos, Then Were Jailed

Egyptian women imprisoned for playful videos viewed as immoral

(Newser) - Two Egyptian women with millions of followers on TikTok have been sentenced to jail time after a court objected to videos showing them singing and dancing. Mawada el-Adham, 22, and Haneen Hossam, 20, reportedly wept as they were convicted of "violating family values" on Monday and each sentenced to... More »

She Blends Irish Dance, Hip-Hop, Gets a Big Call

'Riverdance' wants Virginia's Morgan Bullock

(Newser) - Morgan Bullock is a 20-year-old resident of Richmond, Va., who posted a video of herself dancing to hip-hop on TikTok. Not so unusual. But in Bullock's case, she accompanied the music with traditional Irish dancing, her passion since she first saw it performed as a young girl, reports the... More »

His Viral TikTok Video Was Maybe Not the Best Idea

William Reeves Durga arrested in Georgia after taunting cops

(Newser) - A Georgia man wanted for his alleged role in a drug operation taunted police officers on TikTok with the message "come and get me b----." His arrest came swiftly thereafter. LaGrange Police had asked for the public's help in locating 21-year-old William Reeves Durga on July 2... More »

Amazon Says App Email Was a Mistake

Employees were told to ditch TikTok on mobile devices used to access company email accounts

(Newser) - Amazon told its employees Friday to remove TikTok from their mobile devices if they want to keep using them to get to their company email. The company cited security risks, the Wall Street Journal reports. But later in the day, Amazon sent another email, per the AP . "This morning’... More »

They Were Filming TikTok Vids on the Beach. Then, a Grisly Find

Remains discovered by teens on Seattle's Alki Beach belong to shooting victims

(Newser) - A group of teens were filming TikTok videos on a Seattle beach when they discovered the remains of two murder victims. In a video viewed around the world, the teens are seen stumbling upon a foul-smelling suitcase that had washed ashore on Alki Beach on June 19. A female opens... More »

Pompeo on Possible TikTok Ban: 'US Will Get This One Right'

Secretary of state says US is 'looking at' banning popular app, other social media apps out of China

(Newser) - Amid a year fraught with trade issues and a Cold War-style arms race between the United States and China, a new alleged threat is now on the radar: the popular TikTok app, whose parent company is Beijing's ByteDance. Per CNBC , Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Laura Ingraham'... More »

Guy Who Swam in Store Aquarium Has Fishy Excuse

Kevin Wise says he didn't want to lie to TikTok fans

(Newser) - A man arrested for jumping in the fish tank at a Bass Pro Shop in Louisiana says he was doing it for the sake of integrity. The 26-year-old says he promised his followers on TikTok—where several others have carried out the "Bass Pro Challenge"—that he would... More »

Teen TikTok Star Dies: 'You Will Always Be the Best Artist'

India's Siya Kakkar took her own life, manager says

(Newser) - A teen TikTok star with more than 2.1 million followers , known for her dancing, choreography, and comedic routines, has died. Arjun Sarin, the manager for Siya Kakkar, told ET Online that she took her own life Wednesday night at her home in New Delhi, India. Per India Today , police... More »

Fallout From Trump's Tulsa Rally Continues

Campaign manager Brad Parscale is taking heat

(Newser) - President Trump's weekend rally in Tulsa did not go as planned , with a post-mortem in Politico going so far as to use the word "debacle" to describe it. Much of the negative attention is focused on campaign chief Brad Parscale, who boasted beforehand of more than 1 million... More »

TikTok Teens Claim They Messed With Trump Rally

Ditto K-pop fans

(Newser) - Teen TikTok users and K-pop fans are apparently patting themselves on the back for what they claim was a successful prank related to the attendance at President Trump's Tulsa rally on Saturday. While Trump's re-election campaign trumpeted last Monday that it had received more than 1 million ticket... More »

You've Had Papa John's. Now Visit 'Papa Castle'

PJ's John Schnatter gives brief virtual tour of his Kentucky mansion

(Newser) - If you've ever wanted to take a peek inside John Schnatter's "Papa Castle," here's your chance. The ex-Papa John's CEO, who was forced to step away from the company in 2018 after using the n-word in a conference call, offered a brief virtual tour... More »

NYC MTA: TikTok Star's Subway Prank 'a New Low'

Josh Popkin's Fruity Pebbles-and-milk stunt didn't go over well

(Newser) - A TikTok star caused quite a commotion on a New York City subway, and now he's facing quite a backlash. Per BuzzFeed , Josh Popkin, the 23-year-old also known as @fckjoshy, shared video on the social network showing him carrying a plastic bin filled with Fruity Pebbles and milk onto... More »

They Did a Mock Cooking Show on TikTok. Now, No Graduation

High school seniors in Georgia 'no longer students' after racist video goes viral

(Newser) - "Viral racism has consequences," notes the Root , and it's a lesson that two Georgia teens just learned the hard way. The unnamed seniors at Carrollton High School won't be walking down the graduation aisle with their classmates after a TikTok video posted last week showed them... More »

Boy, 5, Shot While Making TikTok Videos With Father

Houston police say he was hit by stray bullet

(Newser) - With the Houston area under a stay-at-home order, 5-year-old Jordan Allen was playing on the balcony of his family's second-floor apartment last week, making TikTok videos with his father. Police say the boy was hit by a stray bullet at around 9pm last Tuesday when his father stepped inside... More »

TikTok Discourages Posts by the 'Ugly'

The Intercept gets a look at guidelines for moderators

(Newser) - Tiktok likes to present itself as a freewheeling site where users can express their true selves. But users who are ugly, poor, have some kind of disability, or like to espouse politically dicey views might be out of luck, according to an investigation by the Intercept . The site has published... More »

Virus 'Challenge' Includes Licking Plane's Toilet Seat, Boomer Rant

Ava Louise admits she's looking for a record deal, reality show on her 'messy life'

(Newser) - In times of a viral outbreak , why not make a viral video? That was the thought process of TikTok user Ava Louise, who once appeared on Dr. Phil's show as a rebellious teen and confessed, "I want to have purpose and meaning." The self-proclaimed Instagram influencer tried... More »

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