TikTok agrees music licencing deal with Sony

  Short-form video app TikTok has announced a licencing agreement with Sony that will bring songs from the record label’s artists to the app. While the deal is of note, it should be largely invisible to users who have become accustomed to having access to music from across the world within the app. TikTok however […]

TikTok countersues Triller over patent infringement claims

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is suing rival app Triller over patent infringement claims.  The allegations come in the form of a countersuit against a claim filed in July by Triller. Triller has accused ByteDance of using its video and music editing tech for several years, and specifically cited its patent which was approved in 2017. […]

ByteDance considers listing ‘Chinese TikTok’ Douyin in Hong Kong

ByteDance, the owner of social media app TikTok, is reportedly in internal and external talks with investment banks to launch Douyin in Hong Kong. Douyin, officially known as Dǒuyīn duǎn shìpín, is a separate app from TikTok, but serves a similar purpose of allowing users to create and consume short-form video content. The main difference […]

DAZN launches football portal in Germany on TikTok

Sports streamer DAZN has announced a partnership with shortform mobile platform TikTok to create a new Football Hub on the app in Germany.  The portal will provide viewers with exclusive behind the scenes football coverage, including live streams, challenges, tutorials, and videos from football stars like Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies. It will also provide access […]

US TikTok ban temporarily halted

A US federal judge has temporarily halted the Trump administration’s ban on short-form video app TikTok. The app, owned and operated by Chinese firm ByteDance, had been ordered to divest its operations by Trump, amid fears over where the data was housed and influence of the Chinese government in the service’s operation. Microsoft was initially […]

TikTok set for IPO and eyes new CEO

TikTok’s US business is reportedly set for an IPO after it is purchased The news comes after president Trump seemingly rejected the prospect of Larry Ellison’s enterprise software company Oracle buying the company without directly operating the business. Oracle said that it has reached a deal, but it only wants a stake in the company […]

Microsoft out of TikTok running as ByteDance rejects offer

Microsoft has ended its pursuit of TikTok’s US business after Chinese parent company ByteDance rejected its bid. ByteDance is facing a race against time to find a new home for its social media network’s US operations following a promised ban from president Trump. The administration has ordered ByteDance to “divest its ownership” amid concerns over […]

Walmart says it is partnering with Microsoft for TikTok bid

Walmart is partnering with Microsoft on a bid for TikTok’s US operations, the retail giant has said. In a statement to CNBC, the Walton family-controlled Walmart confirmed the move, with spokesman Randy Hargrove saying: “We believe a potential relationship with TikTok US in partnership with Microsoft could add this key functionality and provide Walmart with […]

Former Disney D2C boss Mayer resigns as TikTok CEO

Kevin Mayer, Disney’s former head of direct-to-consumer and international, has left his new role as CEO at TikTok just three months into the job. Mayer joined the video app firm in May, becoming COO of Chinese parent ByteDance at the same time. However, the Mouse House veteran said he would be stepping down following President […]

Netflix reportedly sounded out over TikTok purchase

Netflix has reportedly been approached to buy the US operations of TikTok, becoming one of a long string of US-based companies linked with the embattled social media app. Earlier this month, president Donald Trump announced that the app – which has seen a number of security concerns surrounding the data practices of Chinese parent company […]