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TikTok files lawsuit against US Government amid “political” ban

Published: 19/Sep/2020 15:50 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 9:12

by Charlotte Colombo


With the end of TikTok in the US seemingly nigh, the owners of the app have hit back against the US presidents ban by filing a legal complaint, according to a new report.

As previously reported last month, it was announced that the US president had signed an Executive Order to prohibit Bytedance – the owners of Tiktok – from doing business in the country. The Executive Order also applies to Chinese messaging app WeChat.

The controversial ban is said to be due to national security concerns, with the president raising the question of how TikTok uses US citizens’ data.

The order read: “TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories.”

However, TikTok seems set to fight back against the ban, as they alongside parent company Bytedance have reportedly filed a complaint to a Washington federal court.

In their complaint, TikTok and Bytedance claim that the ban is for “political reasons”. Additionally, in their complaint, they also explain that they are seeking a judgment that serves to “invalidat[e] and preliminarily and permanently enjoining the Prohibitions and the August 6 order”.

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Chinese messaging app WeChat is also part of the ban, and will also be removed from app stores on September 20 and become illegal to use on November 12.

Whether or not this legal action will succeed remains to be seen, but with free speech organization American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claiming that the TikTok ban is a violation of the company’s First Amendment right, it is clear that they have a compelling case.

How will the TikTok ban affect American users?

The Executive Order is expected to come into effect on September 20, which is when the app will be removed from app stores. This means that people will be unable to download it.

Whilst those who currently have the app will be able to keep it, the Executive Order means that the app will be unable to be updated, meaning that any bugs or faults with the app will be unable to be fixed.

Then, on November 12, a full shutdown will be scheduled to come into effect, meaning that any usage of the app, regardless of whether it was downloaded prior to September 20 will become illegal.

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From September 20, the app will be removed from app stores, and TikTok will be prohibited from providing updates to current users.

What is the future of TikTok?

There is hope that by the time this second deadline comes around, Bytedance will have succeeded in finding a suitable US buyer for TikTok.

For a while, TikTok seemed set to be sold to Microsoft, but it appears that this deal has since fallen through. But that doesn’t mean that all is lost.

CNN reports that other organizations such as Walmart and Oracle are still in the running to acquire TikTok, so it seems like there is still hope for US-based content creators that the app still has a future.

Meanwhile, beloved TikTok stars like Charli D’Amelio and Chase Hudson have begun to say their goodbyes to the app that changed their life.


Twitch streamer 39daph hits out at “disgusting” attacks from K-Pop fans

Published: 20/Nov/2020 10:08

by David Purcell


Popular Twitch artist ‘39daph’ has hit back at the K-Pop community, specifically Blackpink stans, over comments she made about the fandom.

39daph has been the target of the K-Pop community this week after comments she made on a November 16 stream, about girl group Blackpink that went viral.

“Blackpink is actually not good though, they literally just regurgitate the same EDM trash sh*t over and over and people are like ‘Oh my God, they’re so beautiful, they’re so great, look at them!’ Yeah they’re really popular, but quality wise, they’re not great,” she said.

She also stated the fandom was “crazy,” with people constantly harassing her to message friend Jae Park, a member of Korean rock group Day6, to do certain things.

“You K-Pop b*tches are crazy. They like DM me and go like ‘hey can you tell Jae to do this’. I’m like ‘why the f**k are you telling me to tell Jae how to act.’ F**k off.”

39daph doubled down on Twitter, putting out numerous tweets, including screenshots of DMs she was receiving from Blackpink fans. She continued to poke fun at the group though, stating in one tweet: “Blackpink more like Blackpoop.”

This led to 39daph being swarmed and targeted on Twitter. Members of the K-Pop fandom bombarded her tweets with insults.

However, the popular Twitch artist has fired back again, saying the Twitch community and the K-Pop community are so far apart, they should never really intersect.

“The thing is, is that [K-Pop stans and Twitch streamers] are two corners of the internet that are so far apart, that they will literally never collide unless they go out of their way to look for each other. When I said that sh*t on my stream, [the K-Pop stans] came and found it and put it over there.”

She also condemned how the K-Pop community has treated her and other streamers who have called out parts of the fandom. The streamer claims she was sent images of self-harm, while other streamers have faced racist and homophobic abuse.

“They were like ‘you never should have said that’…but does that justify calling Macaiyla the N-word? Does it justify calling me a ‘corona spreader’ because I’m Chinese? Does it justify posting self harm…under my replies [on Twitter]? Does it justify literally spamming my Instagram and YouTube comment sections calling me ‘ugly fat b*tch’?”

“They assumed that I was a K-Pop trainee. Why? Because I’m Asian with light skin? And as someone else said ‘she thinks she’s superior because she’s Korean.’ What kind of projection is this? I’m not even Korean.”

39daph’s comments come after Jae Park himself called out the “toxic” side of the K-Pop community, claiming: “The younger generation is starting to believe that that’s acceptable behavior.”

Earlier in 2020, 100 Thieves streamer Froste was targeted by the K-Pop community. The Mob member poked fun at uber-popular K-Pop group BTS, which led to fans trying to get his Twitter account banned.