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Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok and Instagram by Children and Teens

Gov. Spencer J. Cox of Utah signed a sweeping social media bill on Thursday afternoon that could dramatically limit youth access to apps like TikTok and Instagram, potentially upending how many minors in the state use the internet. The Utah Legislature passed the measure this month, despite opposition from tech industry groups and civil liberties experts. It is the first […]

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Biden’s Options on TikTok Narrow After Beijing Pushes Back

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration recently told TikTok that it wanted the app’s Chinese owners to sell the app or face a possible ban in the United States. But that plan hit a roadblock on Thursday, when Beijing said it would oppose a sale. The announcement scrambled the debate over the future of the app, leaving the White House with […]

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TikTokers on edge as Congress grills CEO

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios It was a near-perfect split screen: As lawmakers ripped TikTok in a congressional hearing with the company's CEO on Thursday, the app’s users took to the platform to defend it. Driving the news: A hashtag — #tiktokhearing — garnered 2.8 million views as of 3:30 pm. Users posted videos to the hashtag that mocked the hearing and […]

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Who Is Shou Chew, TikTok’s Chief Executive?

Shou Chew, TikTok’s chief executive, is appearing for the first time on Thursday before Congress, as the solo witness in a hearing about the dangers of the video app. TikTok is owned by the Chinese internet giant ByteDance, which has prompted concerns that the app could share sensitive data from American users with the Chinese government. It’s become a rite […]

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TikTok CEO faces U.S. critics in House hearing

Photo: Bryan van der Beek/Bloomberg via Getty Images TikTok's CEO Shou Zi Chew will defend the company from charges that it poses a national security threat before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Thursday morning. Why it matters: The White House and TikTok's critics in Congress say the popular short-video app puts U.S. users' data at risk because TikTok […]

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