ByteDance CEO and co-founder to step down 

Zhang Yiming, the founder and CEO of TikTok-owner ByteDance, is to step down from his position. Zhang co-founded the Chinese company in 2012, and will move to another position at the company. He will be succeeded by fellow co-founder Liang Rubo, who currently runs ByteDance’s HR division. In an internal letter later made public, the […]

Extreme E partners with TikTok

Upcoming offroad racing series Extreme E has announced a partnership with short-form video app TikTok ahead of its debut season on April 3. The partnership will see the racing series produce exclusive behind the scenes videos from race locations, while also creating content highlighting the competition’s environmental and gender equality missions.  Yannis Ioannidis, Senior Manager, […]

Channel 4 and E4 head for TikTok

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has struck an agreement with social media giant TikTok that will see the launch of accounts for its flagship channel and youth-focused E4 of Channel 4 on TikTok.  The new accounts will feature exclusive content from series Hollyoaks, Made in Chelsea and Pete & Sam’s Reality News, along with clipped content […]

TikTok agrees to pay US$92 million to settle privacy lawsuit

Short-form video app TikTok has agreed to pay US$92 million to settle a lawsuit over alleged privacy violations. The Chinese social video app was facing 21 class action lawsuits over a series of claims that it was collecting “highly sensitive personal data” to track users and target ads towards them. The class action lawsuits made […]

UFC signs ‘groundbreaking’ deal with TikTok

Leading MMA organisation UFC has announced a ‘groundbreaking’ multi-year partnership with short-form video app TikTok. The deal will see UFC produce live content on what is claimed to be the world’s fastest-growing social media platform. This includes new weekly shows on TikTok that will be programmed around upcoming UFC live events. The UFC has promised […]

TikTok launches Android TV app

TikTok has launched a big-screen app for Android TV. Looking like the app which launched in the UK on Samsung TVs late last year, videos play vertically in a main feed which provides access to specific categories. Users can also view their own and other profiles. There have however been multiple reports that the app […]

Banned TikTok cuts Indian staff

TikTok has told its staff in India that only critical staff will be retained after the country’s government made permanent a ban that was introduced in 2020. TikTok was one of a number of Chinese apps that were banned in June 2020, along with the likes of Xiaomi’s video service and UC News. The ban, […]

TikTok rival Kuaishou to raise upwards of US$5.1bn in Hong Kong IPO

Tencent-backed Chinese TikTok rival Kuaishou, which can lay a claim to be the world’s second largest short-form video sharing platform, is planning to raise at least HK$39.5 billion (US$5.1 billion or €4.2 billion) through an IPO on the Hong Kong exchange. The IPO is expected to be given a price this Friday ahead of share-trading […]

TikTok moves onto TV following Samsung deal in Europe

Social media giant TikTok is launching its own TV service across Europe after striking a deal with electronic giant Samsung. The partnership will see TikTok’s most-liked and most-viewed content become available via a pre-installed app, which is exclusive to Samsung’s most recent TV sets and will provide a TV-esque viewing experience for the social media service. Content […]

TikTok misses US sale deadline but government has no plans to punish

The deadline set by the Trump administration for the forced sale of TikTok’s US assets has not and likely will not be enforced by the government. A continuing drama throughout the summer, the administration mandated that parent company ByteDance divest its US business over national security concerns. The deadline was delayed multiple times, and the […]