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TikTok Demonstrates Degrading Culture, Needs to be Regulated: Orissa HC

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The court said the appropriate government has the social responsibility to put some fair regulatory burden on those companies which are proliferating such applications.

  • IANS
  • Last Updated: May 30, 2020, 1:00 PM IST

The Orissa High Court has said that the popular TikTok mobile app needs to be properly regulated as it often demonstrates a degrading culture and encourages pornography. “Tik Tok mobile app which often demonstrates a degrading culture and encourage pornography besides paedophiles and explicit disturbing content, is required to be properly regulated so as to save the teens from its negative impact,” observed Justice S.K. Panigrahi.

The observation of the High Court came on Thursday while disposing of a bail petition involving a suicide case in Sambalpur district. The court said the appropriate government has the social responsibility to put some fair regulatory burden on those companies which are proliferating such applications.

The allegation against the accused was that she along with the co-accused have inflicted direct and indirect mental torture on the deceased who was her husband. The victim’s husband hailing from Dhanupali area in Samabalpur district ended his life on July 13 last year by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his bedroom.

The accused had married the deceased on February 21 last year. However, prior to her marriage, she was alleged to have been in a relationship with the co-accused. The co-accused had sent some of the intimate and private TikTok videos with the woman to the deceased which were also alleged to have been streamed on social media.




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Facebook 'Collab' is a TikTok-Inspired App That Lets You Make Short Music Videos

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Collab is developed by Facebook’s NPE team and the app is currently available on iOS devices.

  • Last Updated: May 29, 2020, 1:13 PM IST

Facebook’s experimental app division or the New Product Experimental (NPE) lab has soft-launched a new app that aims to bring a new approach to collaborative music-making. The new product called ‘Collab’ will let users make short music videos by collaborating with other artists. The brief description of ‘Collab’ throws enough hint that Facebook is aiming to take on TikTok through this latest move. Currently, the app is only available for iOS devices.

The primary pitch of Collab, as the name suggests, is all about several artists collaborating with each other to create fresh and unique content. In an official blog post, Facebook’s NPE team said, “Music is one of the most powerful creative outlets. With Collab, we’re leveraging technology to help people unlock creative superpowers by collaborating on original music videos from anywhere. In light of so many folks sheltered in place around the world, we’ve expedited this release.”

According to Facebook, Collab users can create short-form videos split into three simultaneous sources and you can also perform a single song by playing three different instruments and mixing it all together. Moreover, you can also do your own recording or by swiping and discovering an arrangement to complete your composition.

“Collab has made our team feel closer together, even though we are all apart, and we hope it does the same for you. We still have plenty of work left to polish the experience (disclaimer: there may be bugs and if you find an issue, please report it). With your feedback, we’ll continue iterating in an effort to build an experience that everyone enjoys,” the blog post read.

Facebook said that users can share their content to platforms such as Instagram, Facebook Stories, and others with just a few steps. However, users will have to upload it first on the app.

Collab will initially be made available in the US and Canada and users can simply sign up to start using the app. Recently, Facebook launched a new audio-calling app called CatchUp that lets users set up a phone call with up to eight persons simultaneously.




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TikTok Ropes in Long-time Disney's Head of Streaming Kevin Mayer as New CEO

Kevin Mayer, Disney's head of direct-to-consumer division, on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, USA. (Pic Source: Reuters)

Kevin Mayer, Disney’s head of direct-to-consumer division, on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, USA. (Pic Source: Reuters)

During his career at Disney, Mayer was instrumental in facilitating a number of strategic acquisitions, including the acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

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  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 11:48 AM IST

Long-time Disney’s head of streaming Kevin Mayer is going to be the CEO of short-video making platform TikTok and chief operating officer of ByteDance which is the owner of TikTok. Alex Zhu, the current President of TikTok, will transition to ByteDance VP of Product and Strategy, where he will focus on his primary passion overseeing strategy and product design, ByteDance said in a statement late Monday.

Mayer led Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment since its founding in 2018 and oversaw the successful launches of ESPN+ and Disney+ and the integration of Hulu. During his career at Disney, Mayer was instrumental in facilitating a number of strategic acquisitions, including the acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Mayer will now report directly to ByteDance Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Yiming Zhang, and will be charged with driving the global development of ByteDance, as well as overseeing corporate functions including corporate development, sales, marketing, public affairs, security, moderation, and legal.

In his role as COO, he will lead music, gaming, Helo, emerging businesses, and will serve as CEO of TikTok, leading the rapidly growing platform as it continues to build its global community of creators, users, and brands. TikTok’s popularity has surged in Covid-19 times worldwide. “As one of the world’s most accomplished entertainment executives, Mayer is incredibly well placed to take ByteDance’s portfolio of products to the next level. I look forward to working very closely with Mayer on our global development and the next chapter of the ByteDance story,” said Zhang. Mayer said he is thrilled to have the opportunity to join the amazing team at ByteDance.

“I’ve been impressed watching the company build something incredibly rare in TikTok – a creative, positive online global community – and I’m excited to help lead the next phase of ByteDance’s journey as the company continues to expand its breadth of products across every region of the world,” he noted. Founded in 2012, ByteDance has more than a dozen products, including TikTok, Helo, and Resso, as well as platforms specific to the China market, including Toutiao, Douyin, and Xigua.

Mayer’s role at Disney will be taken over by Rebecca Campbell, who has been named chairman of Disney’s direct-to-consumer efforts. Disney also announced that Josh D’Amaro would become chairman of Disney’s parks, experiences, and products.



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NCW Asks TikTok to Delete Account of Man Glorifying Acid Attacks on Women

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The TikTok video uploaded by user Faizal Siddiqui supposedly glorified violence against women and it went viral on social media platforms.

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  • Last Updated: May 18, 2020, 3:18 PM IST
  • Edited by: Cricketnext Staff

The NCW has asked Tik-Tok India to immediately remove a video showing a man committing violence against women and directed the Maharashtra police to take action against the person responsible for making the clip. The National Commission for Women (NCW), in a letter to Grievance Officer of Tik-Tok India Anuj Bhatia, said it has come across a Twitter post in which a Tik-Tok video shows a man committing violence against women.

It also asked the Maharashtra police, in a letter, to immediately take action against the person responsible for making the video. “The commission is seriously concerned about the increase in crimes against women and the video not only seems to promote violence against women but also shows the patriarchal mindset, which would send a very wrong message to the society through this video made by Faizal Siddiqui on Tik-Tok,” NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said in the letter to Tik Tok India.

In view of the above, the commission asked Tik-Tok India to immediately remove the video and block the ID of the person who made it. In a letter to Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, Sharma said the NCW condemns the video of the digital content creator promoting a grievous crime of acid attack among its young followers on social media.

“The commission is concerned about the safety and security of women and disturbed by the use of cyberspace to instigate crime against women,” Sharma said in the letter to Jaiswal. “Considering the sensitivity of the matter, it is requested that immediate action shall be taken as per the Information Technology Act, 2000 against the miscreants and an action-taken report sent to the commission,” she said.




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