TikTok to Pay $92M to Settle Lawsuits over User Privacy

The Chinese-owned social media app TikTok has reportedly agreed to pay $92 million to settle dozens of lawsuits alleging that the app harvested personal data from users without consent and shared the data with third-parties, including some in China. Experts are calling it one of the largest privacy-related payouts in history.

A teenager presents a smartphone with the logo of Chinese social network Tik Tok, on January 21, 2021 in Nantes, western France. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

TikTok Investigates Videos Promoting Anorexia, Starvation

The Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok has reportedly begun an investigation and banned certain search terms linked to harmful pro-anorexia content. One expert explained that once a teenager has accessed eating disorder content, the platform floods their feed with the topic, because “TikTok is essentially designed to show you what it thinks you want to see.”

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UT San Antonio Sorority Kicks Student Out over Pro-Trump TikTok

A University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) student was kicked out of her sorority over a pro-Trump TikTok post featuring a sign reading “All Lives Matter.” Sorority leadership at the school told the student that language suggesting “all lives matter” is “extremely hurtful” and “unsisterly.”

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TikTok Removes Undisclosed Paid Ads by Anti-Trump Influencers

The Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok has reportedly removed a number of anti-Trump videos after an investigation showed that many of the creators were failing to disclose that they were paid by a marketing company for the videos, a violation of FTC rules for paid content on social media.

President Donald Trump gave TikTok six weeks to sell its US operations