July 10, 2020 at 7:15 pm #8308
TikTok ban: Now US and Australia call for block after India pulls app
TIKTOK has been dealt another blow with the US and Australia considering blocking the hugely popular iOS and Android app following a widespread ban in India.
TikTok could see their userbase cut by millions once again, as the US has revealed they are looking at banning the massively popular iOS and Android app. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said the Trump administration were “certainly looking” at restricting access to TikTok in America. The potential ban has been raised over concerns TikTok could be being used by the Chinese government as a surveillance and propaganda tool.
Pompeo added that he did not want to get into any specifics and potentially “get ahead” of any announcement from the White House.
Techcrunch reported that in the aftermath of this news TikTok also announced that they were pulling out – by their own volition – of Hong Kong.
The news comes after the enforcement of China’s new national security law in the region last week, which tightens restrictions on free speech.
A TikTok spokesperson said: “In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong”.
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).July 10, 2020 at 7:18 pm #8310
Amazon orders employees to remove TikTok from phones ‘due to security risks’
Amazon asked employees to remove the popular social video-sharing app TikTok from their mobile devices on Friday, as first reported by The New York Times.
“Due to security risks, the TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email,” the company said in an email to employees Friday morning. “If you have TikTok on your device, you must remove it by 10-Jul to retain mobile access to Amazon email. At this time, using TikTok from your Amazon laptop browser is allowed.” The email was obtained and independently published by multiple reporters on Twitter.
TikTok was recently caught accessing user clipboard data when running in the background, potentially exposing passwords or other sensitive data. The behavior was revealed because of a new feature in iOS 14, and it’s unclear how long it had been present in the app. TikTok has since removed the feature, but the privacy scare underscored long-standing privacy concerns over the app, which is owned by the China-based Bytedance.
Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that the Trump administration is “looking at” banning TikTok. It’s not entirely clear how the administration could go about banning the app, and it has yet to act on Pompeo’s statement. Still, the confusion and recent glitches have thrown the TikTok community into a state of confusion worrying about whether the app will be removed in the US.
A TikTok spokesperson responded to Amazon’s decision to order employees to remove the app, saying in a statement, “While Amazon did not communicate to us before sending their email, and we still do not understand their concerns, we welcome a dialogue so we can address any issues they may have and enable their team to continue participating in our community.”
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).July 10, 2020 at 7:20 pm #8311
I have already added the below to my blocked URL list on my firewall and told kids to remove this from there devices
just add www to each url if needed for your particular firewall device
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).July 10, 2020 at 8:51 pm #8313
and these……. for Android
Way to many rules to be added to block this app, uninstall from devices seems to be the most practical option
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).
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