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Meet 'Heaven's Receptionist'
Meet 'Heaven's

Meet 'Heaven's Receptionist'

She is former Miss New York Taryn Delanie Smith, and she is charming all of TikTok

(Newser) - If heaven were a place on Earth, its receptionist's office would be located in the home, and more specifically the TikTok account , of one Taryn Delanie Smith. As NPR reports, Smith—the 2022 Miss New York and 2023 runner-up Miss America, and, yes, a onetime receptionist—has created a...

TikTok Sues Montana
TikTok Sues Montana

TikTok Sues Montana

Company says ban is based on 'unfounded speculation'

(Newser) - TikTok is taking Montana to court over the state's first-in-the-nation ban complete ban of the app , which was due to take effect Jan. 1 but could now be delayed. In a complaint filed Monday in US District Court for the District of Montana, TikTok said the ban violated First...

Hours After First State Bans TikTok, It Gets Sued

Lawsuit filed against Montana after it tries to entirely ban the social media app

(Newser) - Five TikTok content creators wasted no time filing a lawsuit challenging Montana's first-in-the-nation TikTok ban ; their complaint was filed Wednesday night, hours after Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed the law, which goes way beyond a prohibiting TikTok on government devices. The Montana ban aims to prohibit the Chinese-owned app...

This Could Be the First US State to Ban TikTok
State OKs Total TikTok Ban

State OKs Total TikTok Ban

ACLU calls Montana law unconstitutional

(Newser) - The nation's first complete ban on TikTok has been approved in Montana. Gov. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, signed the legislation on Wednesday, possibly kicking off a court battle that could not only decide whether Montana's law ever takes effect, but also the future of similar federal legislation, the...

Their Uplifting TikTok Ditty Went Viral in a Hurry
This Uplifting TikTok
Ditty Has Struck a Chord

This Uplifting TikTok Ditty Has Struck a Chord

'If I Were a Fish' has resonated online with its message of acceptance

(Newser) - They didn't set out to create a viral online sensation, but a Nashville couple has nevertheless done so with a song equal parts catchy and uplifting. The song is "If I Were a Fish," and the singers are Corinne Savage (whose stage name is Corook) and her...

Congressman Ridiculed Over TikTok WiFi Question

Some think he has no idea how internet access works, others think he has a point

(Newser) - TikTok users took to—what else—TikTok during the social media app CEO's congressional appearance Thursday to mock lawmakers who seemed like, as some called them, "embarrassing" "corpses" who are too old and "out-of-touch" to have any idea how technology works. One of the questions being...

One Exchange Sums Up TikTok Exec's Testimony

Lawmaker demands guarantee China can't use the site to spy, doesn't get one

(Newser) - The CEO of TikTok was being grilled by members of a House committee on Thursday, and one exchange in particular seemed to encapsulate the early going. A big concern of lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee panel is that because TikTok is owned by the Chinese firm ByteDance,...

TikTok to Defend Against Claims It's 'Digital Fentanyl'

CEO Shou Zi Chew to respond to security, content concerns at Thursday hearing

(Newser) - The fate of TikTok in the US could rest on a Congressional hearing taking place Thursday, which will see CEO Shou Zi Chew claim the data of its 150 million US users is protected from the Chinese government. Lawmakers aren't convinced. As the New York Times reports, the app...

Report: Feds Threaten Nationwide TikTok Ban

Company says it has been told Chinese owners need to sell their stake in app

(Newser) - After more than two years in office, President Biden apparently now holds the same position as his predecessor on TikTok. The administration has threatened to ban the app unless Chinese company ByteDance sells its stake, sources tell outlets including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal . In 2020,...

46 UMass Students Hospitalized After Drinking 'Borgs'

Another TikTok challenge gone awry

(Newser) - Another social media challenge is making headlines for unfortunate reasons. This one has to do with "borgs," or one-gallon containers of water in which some of the water is dumped out and replaced with alcohol and some sort of flavoring that has electrolytes. After consuming "borgs" (which...

TikTok Says It Will Set Time Limits for Teens
TikTok Is Bringing in
Time Limits for Under-18s

TikTok Is Bringing in Time Limits for Under-18s

But they'll be able to opt out, company says

(Newser) - TikTok, which has been criticized for having an algorithm so addictive that many teens say they are on the app constantly, is bringing in a screen time limit for younger users—though it's not one that will be strictly enforced. The company says that in changes that will be...

TikTok Kicked Off Government-Issued Devices in Canada

App 'presents an unacceptable level of risk to privacy and security'

(Newser) - Canada has become the latest country to crack down on TikTok over data collection policies seen as unsafe. Officials said Monday that the Chief Information Officer of Canada had decided, after a review, that the Chinese-owned social media app should not be allowed on government devices because it "presents...

Cops: TikTok Challenge Drove Teens to Act Like Kool-Aid Man

Kids busted for crashing through residents' fences on Long Island

(Newser) - Another day, another stupid TikTok challenge. This time it involves a group of Long Island teens who allegedly decided to emulate the Kool-Aid Man's move of busting through walls —except in their case, they're accused of kicking down local fences. Fox News reports that Suffolk County police...

Christian College Becomes Ground Zero for Viral 'Revival'

Thousands flock to Kentucky's Asbury U in TikTok-driven prayer event that's lasted more than a week

(Newser) - Early on Feb. 8, a routine chapel service took place at Kentucky's Asbury University, a small Christian college in Wilmore. "I would call it unremarkable," the school's president, Dr. Kevin Brown, tells NBC New s of the gathering in the 1,500-seat Hughes Auditorium. What's...

Theft-Prone Hyundais, Kias Can Get Free Software Fix

TikTok challenge led to rash of stolen cars

(Newser) - Hyundai and Kia are rolling out software updates to stem a raft of auto thefts related to a TikTok challenge that authorities believe has led to at least 14 reported crashes and eight fatalities. The updates are free for millions of vehicles that are missing a key anti-theft device, an...

Book Becomes Bestseller After Author's Daughter Posts TikTok Video

She said her dad worked on 'Stone Maidens' for 14 years and she'd 'love to see some sales'

(Newser) - Vermont man Lloyd Devereux Richards has become a bestselling author 25 years after he started working on Stone Maidens, a thriller about an FBI forensic anthropologist trying to track down a mysterious killer. The book hit No. 1 on Amazon's Serial Killer Thrillers list and cracked the overall top...

Man Faces Hate Crime Charges After TikTok Video

Police say he berated two Asian diners at an In-N-Out burger in California

(Newser) - Police in California say a man confronted two Asian diners at an In-N-Out burger and a made a series of homophobic and ethnic statements that amount to hate crimes. The suspect's bad luck: The college-age diners were actually making a TikTok video at the time, reports CBS News . After...

In Idaho Killings, Professor Sues a Tarot Card Reader

TikToker Ashley Guillard blames head of history department for killings of four students

(Newser) - Police still have no idea who killed four University of Idaho students last month. But a TikTok personality has begun publicly blaming the head of the school's history department—based not on evidence but on her readings of tarot cards, reports NBC News . As a result, the history professor...

Twitter Disallows Links to Instagram, Other Rivals
Twitter (Briefly) Disallows
Promotion of Rivals

Twitter (Briefly) Disallows Promotion of Rivals

New policy is deleted, replaced with a poll asking users their opinion on it

(Newser) - Once again, a new Twitter policy has been swiftly rescinded. On Sunday, the platform said it would no longer let users promote accounts on rival platforms. But after what CNN describes as an "immense backlash," Twitter removed the blog post and tweet thread announcing the new policy. Instead,...

Senate Fears Federal Workers Are Using a 'Trojan Horse'

It passes bill that would bar the downloading, use of TikTok on government devices

(Newser) - TikTok has seen a smackdown of sorts across the nation, with multiple states banning use of the video hosting service on government devices. Now the Senate has voted in favor of a similar ban for federal employees, passing a bill that will need House approval before making its way to...

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