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Tick Tock Tik-Tok

Written By: - Date published: 5:37 pm, August 2nd, 2020 - 5 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, assets, Culture wars, Donald Trump, humour, internet, Media, parody, Politics, Satire, surveillance, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, twitter, us politics, youtube - Tags:

Trump has announced he will ban Tik-Tok from the United States. It’s Chinese-owned so there. Or maybe he will force it to be sold to Americans. Don’t think security is the issue; kids used it to stuff up his Tulsa rally. And it is good for mockery, as these clips about Trump and Pompeo show. Don’t think that will stop if Americans own it.

Vogue magazine asks whether Trump’s ban is because of the popularity of Sarah Cooper’s lip-synching his words.

Previously Mike Pompeo had said the US was looking at banning Tik-Tok on security grounds. One can see why he may have wanted to. He’s apparently planning to run for President in 2024.

@soapbox

Pompeo says communists almost always lie. You guys, I think the Secretary of State just admitted he’s a communist. #communism #socialism #capitalism

♬ original sound – soapbox

5 comments on “Tick Tock Tik-Tok ”

  1. weka 1

    maybe it's a dead cat?

  2. Ad 2

    A really interesting move by Ross, Navarro and team to let Microsoft buy TikTok at the same time that the Congressional anti-trust hearings against the Big Tech Four are ongoing. Worth watching that Microsoft share price for a few weeks.

    It's a really good signal to those Democrat Senate players that the Democratic party does not have a lock on Big Tech sympathy. And of course seriously underscores that there is not a snowball's chance in Florida that either party is really going to Do A Bell on them.

    Trump is doubling down on the US commanding greater global share – and there's not even a WTO functioning anymore to police it.

    On the plus side at least we'll see fewer young people doing weird dance moves for phones in pairs.

    On the downside, ByteDance is ready to rumble and will be going into major acquisitions.

  3. Sacha 3

    Zuckerberg might benefit from TikTok being taken out, you say?

    https://www.engadget.com/facebook-instagram-reels-tiktok-launch-183556898.html

  4. joe90 4

    What's not to like about an app that puts the onus on end users to actively opt-out of, among other things, granting full access to photos, videos and contact information of friends stored in your device’s address book.

    TikTok app permissions include personal information and device control

    First, our researchers examined the permissions TikTok requires on Android and iOS devices following installation. While some of the permissions detailed below are to be expected, all of this is consistent with TikTok’s written privacy policy. However, when you see all that TikTok gathers it can still be of concern. In summary, these permissions allow TikTok to:

    1. Access the camera (and take pictures/video), the microphone (and record sound), the device’s WIFI connection, and the full contact list on the device
    2. Determine if the internet is available and access it
    3. Keep the device turned on and automatically start itself when the device restarts
    4. Secure detailed information on the user’s location using GPS and other apps that are running
    5. Read and write to the device’s storage, install/remove shortcuts, access the flashlight (turn it off and on), request additional installation packages

    Our researchers found that TikTok has full access to the audio, video, and address book on the device, which isn’t surprising given that TikTok is an audio-visual app by design.

    However, the GPS tracking is surprising, especially as TikTok videos don’t obviously display location information. TikTok does call out their collection of location information in their privacy policy. In it, they state that you have control over this: “You can switch off GPS location information functionality on your mobile device if you do not wish to share GPS information.”

    https://www.proofpoint.com/us/blog/threat-protection/understanding-information-tiktok-gathers-and-stores

  5. Also, Sarah Cooper is a TikTok sensation with her Trump lip sync…

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