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TikTok owner agrees to sell to Microsoft to avoid US ban

Published: 1/Aug/2020 15:36 Updated: 1/Aug/2020 15:37

by Joe Craven


The owners of TikTok – the video-sharing social media app that has taken the internet by storm in 2020 – have offered to forgo their US stake in the company to avoid a ban in the United States, as reported by Reuters. 

Prior to 2019, few in the world had heard of TikTok (formerly Musical.ly) – the Beijing based app that emulates aspects of Vine. However, rapid and exponential growth over the course of 2019 and 2020 saw the app break into the top 10 most downloaded social media apps of the year.

Off the back of TikTok’s incredible popularity came a new wave of celebrities, who have amassed millions of followers from the videos they have created. From Charli D’Amelio to Addison Rae, entire brands are being built on the back of TikTok fame.

TikTok on smartphone
TikTok has over 800 million users worldwide.

Despite its incredible popularity, concerns have been growing about the app’s use of data, and its origin in the Chinese capital of Beijing. As tensions with China have grown, so have the suspicions of TikTok harvesting user data.

On July 31, the President told reporters he was set to ban TikTok in the United States.

In response to the impending ban, Reuters report that ByteDance, Chinese owners of TikTok, have agreed to sell their stake to US based Microsoft, in the hopes it would avoid a blanket ban in the country.

“Under ByteDance’s new proposal, Microsoft will be in charge of protecting all U.S. user data,” Reuters reports. “The plan allows for another U.S. company other than Microsoft to take over TikTok in the United States, the sources added.”

There have been rumors that Microsoft were set to purchase TikTok and launch a spin-off, in order to prevent it from being banned entirely. However, the President is said to have opposed that possibility as well, at least according to New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman.

It remains unclear whether TikTok would be able to remain in the US if it was owned by a different company, but it’s appears that ByteDance are eager to protect TikTok’s future, even if it means compromising their own involvement in the app.

Paired with the news, TikTok’s official US Twitter account released a video on August 1 describing the jobs it brings to the nation, as well as the joy and livelihoods it has provided for millions.

Only time will tell where the future of TikTok and its creators will lie, but we’ll be the first to update you as the situation becomes clearer.


Alexandra Botez responds to creepy Twitch viewer asking to see her feet

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:01

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer and chess guru Alexandra Botez wasn’t going to put up with trolls asking to see her feet during a live stream.

During the broadcast, as Botez was challenging players in chess, a viewer decided to ask the streamer if they could see her feet – something that promoted a hilarious response from Alexandra.

“Sir, you’re not seeing… you know what,” the frustrated streamer began, before pausing with a smirk. “I’m going to show you what’s on my feet, and you’re going to stop asking.”

With that, the 25-year-old lifted up her shoe and showed it off in front of the camera.

Alexandra Botez holds a shoe
Mess with the Botez, get the shoe.

“I’m wearing these clogs, okay? This is all you need to know. And if you would ask me that in person, I would turn into Romanian Botez,” she added.

Next, Alexandra pretended to smack the person with her clog while rambling on in Romanian.

“And I would hit you in the head with my shoe,” she warned. “And you wouldn’t see feet because your vision would be blurry.”

Amusingly, after that whole rant, the streamer went right back into challenging whoever she wanted to play next, as if the whole foot fiasco never even happened.

Fans have requested feet before

This isn’t the first time that Alexandra has been asked to show her feet, oddly enough. Earlier in 2020, a viewer donated $3 and asked the streamer to reveal her highly fetishized body part.

Instead of showing them off, however, she simply drew a foot on a piece of paper and held it up for the camera, which confused her two on-stream guests.

“Someone donated to show feet,” she explained, prompting some laughs in the chat.

While Botez has handled the foot remarks quite well thus far, the next time someone dares to ask the chess queen to slip off her shoes to expose her feet, they could be getting a clog to the skull.