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Oracle won the TikTok sweepstakes. It’s inheriting its political problems, too.

Oracle has spent years pushing to curtail the power of Silicon Valley’s social media giants. Now a pending deal with TikTok may force the cloud computing company to face the same tough critiques over how it protects users and polices content.

Oracle confirmed Monday that it was chosen to serve as a U.S. technology partner for TikTok, whose Chinese parent-company ByteDance has faced pressure from the Trump administration to sell off the popular video-sharing app over national security concerns. It beat out rival Microsoft and outlasted other suitors such as Google for the prize.

While the exact structure or value of the deal remain unclear, one thing is not: it’s poised to plunge one of the tech industry’s under-the-radar power players deeper than ever before into policy disputes in Washington over data privacy, content moderation and national security.

TikTok has faced rising scrutiny from officials in Washington over its efforts

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Did Oracle offer a TikTok deal to serve Trump?

Here are some of the strange things about Oracle’s deal for TikTok’s U.S. social media platform that make it seem like a sop to President Trump.

— Structuring the deal as one in which Oracle is a “trusted tech partner” of TikTok rather than an outright buyer doesn’t do anything to wall off the app from its Chinese founders, which supposedly was at the heart of Trump’s concern about the app.

— TikTok, which allows users to post short videos online, is a major hit among consumers, especially young users. To say Oracle has never served that market would be a huge understatement; Oracle’s core market is business — most consumers are probably unaware it even exists.

The White House accepting such a deal would demonstrate that this exercise was pure grift.

Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former security chief

— Trump seemed to put his thumb on the scale favoring Oracle

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TikTok owner picks Oracle over Microsoft as US tech partner

TikTok said in a statement Monday that its proposal to the Treasury Department should ‘resolve the Administration’s security concerns’

Oracle said Monday that the Chinese owner of TikTok has picked the U.S. company to be its “trusted technology provider,” beating out rival Microsoft in a deal that could help keep the popular video-sharing app running in the U.S.

Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger said she was confirming remarks made by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who told CNBC on Monday that TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, submitted its proposal to the U.S. government for approval.

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“We did get a proposal over the weekend that includes Oracle as the trusted technology partner with Oracle making many representations for national security issues,” Mnuchin said.

Mnuchin said there’s also a commitment to make TikTok’s global operations a U.S.-headquartered company

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Claim TikTok has chosen Oracle as preferred buyer after Microsoft bid is rejected

Microsoft announced on Sunday that its bid to buy TikTok has been rejected
Microsoft announced on Sunday that its bid to buy TikTok has been rejected

The owner of TikTok has chosen Oracle over Microsoft as its preferred suitor to buy the popular video-sharing app, according to a source familiar with the deal who was not authorised to speak publicly about it.

Microsoft announced on Sunday that its bid to buy TikTok has been rejected, removing a leading suitor for the Chinese-owned app a week before President Donald Trump promises to follow through with a plan to ban it in the US.

The Trump administration has threatened to ban TikTok by Sept. 20 and ordered ByteDance to sell its US business, claiming national-security risks due to its Chinese ownership. The government worries about user data being funneled to Chinese authorities. TikTok denies it is a national-security risk and is suing to stop the administration from the threatened ban.

TikTok declined to comment on

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TikTok rejects Microsoft buyout offer, Oracle sole remaining bidder

US tech giant Microsoft said Sunday its offer to buy TikTok was rejected, leaving Oracle as the sole remaining bidder ahead of a looming deadline for the Chinese-owned video app to sell or shut down its US operations.

The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported that Oracle had won the bidding war, citing people familiar with the deal, although the company did not immediately confirm the matter to AFP.

The Oracle bid would next need approval from the White House and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a source told the Journal, with both parties under the belief it would meet US data security concerns.

TikTok has been at the center of a diplomatic storm between Washington and Beijing, and President Donald Trump has given Americans a deadline to stop doing business with TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance — effectively compelling a sale of the app

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TikTok to host its own month-long digital fashion event

The social media platform TikTok has announced its own fashion month as a digital innovation aimed at rivaling the physical fashion weeks that take place around the world as well as to try to threaten Instagram’s supremacy over fashion content online.

The month-long event will begin on Friday and ends on 8 October and is set to feature a variety of hashtags and live videos. It will see a livestream of two fashion shows a week from labels such as Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and Alice + Olivia. Meanwhile JW Anderson will debut their women’s spring/summer 21 collection on TikTok.

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Up until very recently fashion was an industry slow to adapt to the platform, which launched in China in 2016 and has since taken off explosively, especially with young people.

“I think [fashion labels] were unsure of

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How a group of clinic volunteers use TikTok to battle anti-abortion protesters

How a group of clinic volunteers use TikTok to battle anti-abortion protesters
How a group of clinic volunteers use TikTok to battle anti-abortion protesters

Sometimes you need to fight fire with fire — or fire with “WAP” lyrics.

A group of abortion clinic escorts and defenders have developed a devoted fanbase on TikTok after going viral for their unconventional methods of opposing religious protesters. The clinic, which is based in North Carolina, is often swamped with protesters who read Bible passages and chant about sin in an effort to intimidate patients seeking reproductive care. The army of primarily teenage girls defending the clinic’s patients are fighting back in the most quintessential Gen Z way possible: bullying them on the internet.

In one video, an older (and notably unmasked) protester, attempts to preach in front of the clinic. A woman with fuchsia hair and a “Black Lives Matter” face mask, TikTok user alexthefeminist, drowns him out by reading the lyrics to Cardi B

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You can skip classes (or meetings) with this TikTok fake sound, but some schools are facing real challenges

Say you’re a high school student attending class online when the teacher calls on you with a tough question.

You don’t know the answer and you don’t want to look dumb. What do you do?

Some kids with smartphones are trying an easy dodge. They cue up a video that plays the sound of a garbled Zoom call so it seems like they tried to answer – but there’s a technical glitch.

Kids have been sharing the videos on TikTok, a social media app popular with students.

The videos sound like the voices of the parents on the old Peanuts cartoons. They even come with garbled voices that sound low and high to accommodate both male and female voices. 

One such video has been seen by more than 7 million users and shared almost 100,000 times.

“It’s not surprising because kids do this in school, too,” said Anna Ball, a

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China Proposes Global Data Rules to Counter U.S. Moves on TikTok

(Bloomberg) — China on Tuesday outlined a slate of rules designed to prevent foreign governments from acquiring data stored locally, seeking to counter Washington’s accusations that services like TikTok and WeChat share sensitive user information with Beijing.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi unveiled the proposals governing global data security after raising the plan with his Group of 20 counterparts last week, part of China’s attempts to set global standards for the digital sphere. They involve forbidding governments from gaining access to data acquired by companies’ overseas operations, according to a statement posted on the ministry’s website.

The guidelines reinforce Beijing’s long-held concept of data sovereignty, or limiting information flow across borders, an idea gaining momentum as concerns over national security increase. The Trump administration has banned ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok and Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat and sanctioned Huawei Technologies Co., accusing them of sharing Americans’ data with the Chinese government.

“To reduce

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China Throws a Wrench Into Trump’s Plan to Force TikTok Sale

(Bloomberg) — Zhang Yiming’s plan to sell the U.S. operations of his short-video app TikTok to avoid a shutdown was thrown into jeopardy after China asserted its authority over a deal already under scrutiny by the Trump administration.

Beijing on Friday injected more uncertainty into already thorny negotiations over the sale of ByteDance Ltd.’s prized asset, claiming the ability to block a sale to foreign suitors Microsoft Corp. or Oracle Corp. with tighter restrictions on artificial intelligence exports. The commerce ministry added speech and text recognition and personalized recommendations to a list of products that require approval before they’re sold abroad.

These new areas cover the very technologies ByteDance employed to make TikTok a viral teen sensation from America to India. ByteDance is now required to seek the government’s sign-off on any deal, though it doesn’t mean an outright ban, according to a person familiar with the matter. TikTok is

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