Tuesday, 29 November, 2022

Topic: TikTok

‘Feel-good’ content isn’t as ethical as you think. Both creators and consumers are culprits

Holding life-affirming signs to giving homeless cash, videos of 'random acts of kindness' are popular. But consider how they're money-makers too.

Netflix and TikTok are ‘levelling up’ to keep you engaged. Gaming is their new weapon

Netflix introduced mobile gaming last year for all its subscribers, including two notable Stranger Things tie-ins. And it's all about engagement.

TikTok fund glitch draws complaints from rising stars who have not been paid in weeks

Many TikTok stars who recently qualified to be paid for their videos have been shut out of the registration system, causing frustration & outrage among some very dedicated creators.

Facebook, Instagram, TikTok begin restricting access to Russian state media platforms in EU

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted a growing number of govts to ask large tech companies to reduce or restrict their services in Russia aiming to curtail propaganda.

Pakistani TikTok star lip job half-done, says FIA froze her bank account midway

Popular TikToker Hareem Shah was undergoing a lip filler procedure in UK when the FIA froze her bank account in Pakistan.

In Pakistan, Hareem Shah’s ‘TikTok sarkar’ is more potent than Imran Khan’s tabdeeli govt

On the surface, it may all look like a prank. But Hareem Shah manages to make Pakistan go into 007 mode with her TikTok videos.

How TikTok’s unorthodox advertising attracted social misfits and weird niche subcultures

In 'Attention Factory', writer and speaker Matthew Brennan documents the complete story of TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance.

‘Publicity stunt, Pakistan assault victim didn’t try to flee mob’—new claims emerge

A report in The Pakistan Frontier termed the Minar-e-Pakistan incident a “publicity stunt”, which the Tik Tok influencer had planned.

400 Pakistani men sexually assault a woman in Lahore. Twitter says ‘no less than Taliban’

Lahore Police has filed an FIR against hundreds of unidentified men for sexually assaulting a woman who was filming a TikTok video at Minar-e-Pakistan on the country’s Independence Day.

Why Pakistan keeps banning and unbanning TikTok

What is particularly embarrassing with Pakistan's fourth ban on TikTok in less than a year is that President Arif Alvi himself had recently joined the app.

On Camera


File photo of Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi | ANI

Indian military leaders must speak with caution, media twisting Army’s PoK remark

Lt General Upendra Dwivedi’s 22 November remark to Indian media on the PoK issue has been twisted to imply that the Army is ready to take back PoK.
Representational image of workers at a construction site | ANI

GDP data this week will indicate FY23 outlook. But analysis shows growth still below pre-Covid yrs

Analysis of industrial & consumer data not included in usual ‘high-frequency indicators’ shows although demand seems to have recovered from pandemic, it remains weak.


Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.