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Pitchfork calls TikTok ‘the great music meme scam’

Pitchfork spares no punches in its profile of social-video app TikTok, drawing an unflattering comparison between the value of its parent company Bytedance, and the level of royalties being paid to musicians for use of their...
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India draws up new rules for ‘intermediary’ apps like TikTok

Social apps from overseas, particularly China, have been dominating the upper reaches of app stores in India. Now the government is responding, with new regulations aimed at ‘intermediary’ apps that get their content...
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Study tips YouTube to decline in popularity with British kids

Will children ever tire of YouTube? Surely not! Yet that’s the suggestion being made in a new report published by research firm Kids Insights, which is out today. “According to our data across all ages 4-18 the...
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TikTok is testing advertisements in the UK and US

Social-video app TikTok is finally ready to turn on some monetisation features, in the form of in-app advertisements and branded content. Digiday has the story: it spotted an ad for food-delivery app GrubHub earlier this...
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Sandbox Issue 220: Vault-ing Ambitions

Lead: While Netflix viewers are currently obsessing over Marie Kondo and her rules on de-cluttering the home (instructing viewers to only hold onto the things that “spark joy”), a different approach needs to happen in...
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TikTok owner launches new app but barely hits revenue targets

Chinese tech firm Bytedance is the owner of social-music-video app TikTok (called Douyin in its home country) which is growing rapidly around the world. However, Bytedance has just launched a new app in China called Duoshan,...
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Alan Walker launches #DifferentWorld challenge on TikTok

The latest artist to launch a challenge for users of social-video app TikTok is Alan Walker. It’s called Different World – the same title as his debut album – and has an environmental theme to match the title track’s...
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Chinese government clamps down on short-video apps’ content

There may be trouble brewing for TikTok and the other ‘short-video’ apps that have proven so popular in China over the last year. The Financial Times reported on a new set of industry guidelines, directed by the Chinese...
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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...
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TikTok ‘Lite’ apps have been installed 12m times already

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify are among the apps that have launched ‘lite’ versions aimed mainly at markets where mobile networks are slower, and/or where mobile data is more expensive. Now social-video app...
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Social music app TikTok gains momentum in the US

Based on app-store charts in the west, Chinese social-music app TikTok is picking up a fine head of steam, following its merger with Musical.ly earlier this year. Now there is more data on that from tech site The Verge,...
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TikTok owner Beijing Bytedance is raising $3bn of funding

Fresh from shutting down social app Musical.ly – or rather merging it with another app called TikTok and keeping the latter brand – Beijing Bytedance Technology is preparing for a monster funding round. The Wall Street...