Michigan AG Nessel joins nationwide TikTok investigation
LANSING, MI — TikTok, the popular social media app, is the subject of a nationwide probe that has added Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to its list of investigators. In a press release, Nessel mentioned the social media platform’s promotion to children despite its association with negative physical and mental health effects for young people. In May 2021, a bipartisan coalition of 44 Attorneys General urged Facebook to abandon its plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under 13. Leading the investigation into both Meta and Tik Tok are Attorneys General from California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Vermont, as well as a broad group of Attorneys General nationwide. READ MORE FROM MLIVE:Sexual orientation is protected under civil rights law, AG Nessel argues to Michigan Supreme Courtmlive.com
Tik Tok star’s highlight-reel catch is Grand Blanc’s play of the day
EAST LANSING, MI – Tik Tok nation knows how to pick ‘em. The Grand Blanc senior gained some Internet notoriety this season by posting video clips on the social media platform Tik Tok. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.comThoughts of Tik Tok were soon in the air. His Tik Tok post showing his first varsity at-bat as a leadoff hitter – and getting a hit – has more than 990,000 likes. RELATED READINGHug-happy Grand Blanc embraces historic state titlePortage Central slugger would trade state final HR for victorymlive.com
Metro Detroit Tik Tok influencer on track to 3 million followers
“It’s really cool to see people interested in my personality and tying it in with the station.”In an effort to involve his newfound Tik Tok audience, Brubaker asks viewers to suggest random words for him to incorporate live on-air. Coined as the ‘Random-Word-Game,’ some of his more challenging words have been ‘Worcestershire’ and ‘alakazam.’“I’m definitely not the first person who has thrown random words on the radio,” he laughed. After bumping into the school at a college fair, he aspired to enter the world of television or sports play-by-play. “My experience in Detroit radio has catapulted me into the next chapter of my career and the exposure Tik Tok has provided me is life-changing,” he said. “It’s cool to be able to have those conversations.”To follow Bru’s journey on Tik Tok, Instagram, and to see what’s “Bru-ing” on Twitter, follow his handle @bruontheradio.
8-year-old girl in Roseville hospitalized after imitating viral magic trick
ROSEVILLE, Mich. – A father in Roseville want parents to be vigilant after his 8-year-old daughter was hospitalized trying to imitate something she saw on TikTok. Doctors said they had never seen anything like it when Dhakota was brought in after swallowing a quarter. The video was a magic trick that included a die. “I didn’t know how bad the situation was until they brought the x-ray back and I saw the quarter right there in her esophagus. “I could’ve lost my kid.”Dhakota is out of the hospital and is still a little sore.
Trump to block downloads of TikTok, WeChat on Sunday
When asked about the TikTok deal during a press conference Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump said it could happen "quickly," and pointed to the U.S. companies involved, like Oracle. The Commerce Department announced Friday morning that it will ban U.S. business transactions with Chinese-owned social apps WeChat and TikTok on Sunday. The rules that start Nov. 12 include provisions that block U.S. companies from providing internet hosting and services for TikTok. In an interview with Fox Business on Friday, Ross said the bans will affect TikTok and WeChat differently at first. So there's still a chance for TikTok to survive Trump's executive order, but WeChat is considered dead in the U.S., according to the official.cnbc.com
Microsoft says its bid to buy TikTok has been rejected
The government worries about user data being funneled to Chinese authorities. TikTok denies it is a national-security risk and is suing to stop the administration from the threatened ban. Walmart had planned to partner with Microsoft on the deal. It’s not clear if Walmart is still interested. TikTok didn’t immediately return requests for comment Sunday.
Under lockdown, U.S. teens turn to TikTok for life hacks, laughs
FILE PHOTO: A person holds a smartphone as Tik Tok logo is displayed behind in this picture illustration taken November 7, 2019. But for high schoolers, TikTok is just an outlet for them to share their stories. The coronavirus and forced school vacation - labelled the coronacation - is the biggest trending topic on TikTok. The World Health Organization has its own @who TikTok, with its experts explaining the virus and how it can affect young people in short clips. TikTok has really helped me get through these weeks, said 17-year-old Alison Kenny, a highschooler in the suburbs of hard-hit New York.feeds.reuters.com
TikTok teens are obsessed with fake luxury products
In January, Holly Yazdi posted a video on TikTok of how to buy an Amazon dupe of Cartier's $1,650 yellow-gold "Love Ring" for less than $20. She said she received a million views overnight for the ring video. Her other videos have included lookalike Gucci boots from DH Gate ($89 for the dupe; $1,190 for the real thing). TikTok"I believe DIY posts have been really big on TikTok for a while," she said in an Instagram direct message. Of course, the terminology changes whether that's "fakes," "knockoffs," "reps" or "replicas," or, in much of TikTok parlance, "dupes."cnbc.com
Workers fired from Michigan Wendy’s after video shows employee bathing in kitchen sink
GREENVILLE, Mich. – Several workers were fired from a Michigan Wendy’s after a video posted online showed an employee bathing in a kitchen sink. The video shows a worker in a sink full of water and soap at the Wendy’s on N. Lafayette Street in Greenville. Another person walks by and talks to the employee who is in the sink as someone else records the incident for the social media video app Tik Tok. Below is the statement:“This egregious behavior is completely unacceptable and counter to our safety, training and operational standards. Upon learning of this situation, all employees in the video were terminated immediately and the restaurant has been completely sanitized.
Army examines TikTok security concerns after Schumer's data warning
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Army is undertaking a security assessment of China-owned social media platform TikTok after a Democratic lawmaker raised national security concerns over the apps handling of user data, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: A person holds a smartphone with Tik Tok logo displayed in this picture illustration taken November 7, 2019. National security experts have raised concerns about TikToks collection and handling of user data, including user content and communications, IP addresses, location-related data, metadata, and other sensitive personal information, Schumer wrote in a Nov. 7 letter to McCarthy. In a Nov. 5 blog post, TikToks U.S. general manager, Vanessa Pappas, said that the companys data centers are located entirely outside of China. She said U.S. user data is stored in the United States, with backup redundancy in Singapore. About 60% of TikToks 26.5 million monthly active users in the United States are between the ages of 16 and 24, the company said this year.feeds.reuters.com
Teens of TikTok take on school shootings
Recently it has become a platform where some students are turning to share their anxiety surrounding school shootings, but in Gen Z fashion. The teens of TikTok have taken on wealth inequality, climate change and the mercurial attentions of a slacktivist public. Now, with a series of brutal, darkly funny memes, they've turned a narrowed eye toward school shootings. For months following the attack, high school students around the country mobilized to call for more meaningful ways to address gun violence. To these bizarre, funny, creative TikTok teens, the joke isn't that school shootings happen.