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The TikTok app. | Photographer: Roy Liu | Bloomberg

TikTok gets reprieve on Trump administration’s demand for app ban

For months, the app’s Chinese owner, ByteDance Ltd., has faced the prospect of a US ban starting Thursday. But judges have blocked those prohibitions from going into effect.
TikTok | Representational photo | Kon Karampelas | Unsplash

ByteDance seeks extension as US TikTok sale deadline looms

The Beijing-based company has asked the US government to extend a Thursday deadline for ByteDance to divest its TikTok business in the country.
Luxury mansion Wave House in Essex county

Creators live it up in ‘TikTok Houses’ — luxury pads where one bathes in milk, flower petals

In an all-expenses-paid arrangement, savvy marketing agencies are leasing aspirational mansions to young creators in the UK with large fan bases to create content and promote brands.
Apps displayed on a phone | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

These 3 Chinese apps are doing better than Indian platforms trying to replace TikTok

Snack Video by Kuaishou Technology, Zili by Xiaomi, and ByteDance's Resso have seen a surge in downloads over the past few months since the govt banned over 200 Chinese apps.
Instagram app | Omkar Patyane | Pexels

Instagram Reels is busy being woke. It has no space for the TikTok gang

A format that democratised content creation shouldn’t fall into the hands of the social media ‘elites’. I’d take ‘cringe’ over it any day.

Not just TikTok, even a biscuit ad and a woman in yoga pants corrupt Pakistani minds

Even in Zia-ul-Haq days, Pakistanis had an outlet in TV serial Aangan Terha. But Imran Khan won't even allow TikTok.

TikTok seeks to block 2nd round of US restrictions as it fears ‘permanent, devastating harm’

A lawyer for TikTok argued at a hearing last month that it 'makes no sense' for the govt to ban the app while ByteDance is still in talks for the deal President Trump has sought.
TikTok | Representational photo | Kon Karampelas | Unsplash

Pakistan blocks TikTok citing company’s inability to police ‘immoral, indecent’ content

TikTok has a sizable user base in Pakistan. The app has been installed nearly 43 million times in the country, including 14.7 million installs this year alone.
TikTok Creator's Lab | Shiho Fukada/Bloomberg

ByteDance works to resolve data security concerns over TikTok deal as process drags on

ByteDance is in discussions on a final proposal with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., or Cfius, the regulatory body that must clear any agreement.
TikTok | Representational photo | Kon Karampelas | Unsplash

Trump ban on TikTok is temporarily blocked by federal judge

A US district judge granted a preliminary injunction against the ban on new downloads of the video-sharing network, which would have gone into effect at 11:59 pm in Washington.

On Camera

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses the CII conference Monday | Twitter: @FollowCII

Single window clearance for investors by March end, will enable easy access to policymakers

Move expected to improve ease of doing business for firms as the Modi government also works on faceless technology for indirect taxation.

Defence

A Chinese Wing Loong drone | Xinhua

China has become a major exporter of armed drones, Pakistan is among its 11 customers

Defence experts say Chinese arms supplies, especially in India’s neighbourhood, should be a cause for concern.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint Team

What the amazing rise & sudden death of a ‘Holy Warrior’ tell us about Islam & politics in Pakistan

Khadim Hussain Rizvi was the face of Pakistan’s radical Islamist politics. His sudden death, however, will not end the mass appeal of religious fundamentalism.