TikTok sued over Musical·ly child-privacy protection issues
Another day, another legal headache for TikTok in the US. It’s not a new issue, but rather a new lawsuit about a familiar issue: whether the Musical·ly app that parent company Bytedance acquired and later merged with TikTok...
December 5, 2019
Report: Facebook held serious acquisition talks with Musical.ly
Chinese technology firm Bytedance bought social-video app Musical·ly for reportedly north-of-$800m in November 2017. Then, in August 2018, it folded Musical·ly into TikTok (obligatory reminder: Musical·ly had nothing...
November 13, 2019
Bytedance faces US national-security review of Musical.ly acquisition
US politicians have been expressing unease about TikTok and its Chinese parent company Bytedance in recent weeks. Now it seems the latter company is facing a national-security review of its 2017 acquisition of social app...
November 4, 2019
TikTok pays $5.7m in FTC settlement over children’s privacy
Early on in our coverage social-video app Musical.ly, we warned that its large audience of pre-teens represented a big risk for the company, in terms of staying on the right side of children’s privacy legislation like COPPA...
February 28, 2019
TikTok culture is wider (and possibly crueller) than its app
Many people in the music industry are trying to get a handle on social-video app TikTok: particularly how young people are using it, and what kind of culture is growing around their shared clips. If you’re one of those...
January 10, 2019
Can Facebook ‘Lasso’ teenagers with its new music app?
A 12-month period of misdirected tweets and school-holidays calls to the Music Ally office thinking we were social-music app Musical.ly gave us a ringside seat to the app’s rapid growth, before it was acquired by Chinese...
November 12, 2018
Report claims social app TikTok gained 30m users in three months
Chinese tech firm Bytedance bought social app Musical.ly (obligatory clarification for new readers: nothing to do with us) earlier this year, then merged it with another app called TikTok, which offers similar ‘share your...
November 2, 2018
TikTok owner Bytedance valued at $75bn following $3bn funding round
Spending $800m on social-music app Musical.ly only to shut it down months later in a merger with similar app TikTok? Anyone questioning Chinese firm Bytedance’s strategy may be in for a surprise at the news that it’s...
October 29, 2018
Facebook adds more music features amid rumours of TikTok-style app
Facebook’s music-licensing deals continue to fuel new features for the social network, with several more announced yesterday. However, the most interesting may be something that hasn’t yet been announced: a full-on standalone...
October 25, 2018
Report 411: The Teenagers Issue
Teens have been the driving force behind popular music and popular culture for almost a century and we use this issue to look at not only how they have shaped music in the past (as both creators and consumers) but also how...
November 15, 2017
Sandbox Issue 182: Loose Lips Sync Hits
Lead: Musical.ly wasn’t the first lip syncing app, but it is comfortably the biggest. It now claims to have 200m users and offers a direct route to a young audience that sits outside of both traditional media and the...
June 21, 2017