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TikTok’s epic rise and stumble

TikTok’s rise in the West is unprecedented for any Chinese tech company, and so is the amount of attention it has attracted from politicians worldwide. Below is a timeline of how TikTok grew from what some considered another “copycat” short video app to global dominance and eventually became a target of the U.S. government. 2012-2017: The emergence of TikTok These years were a period of fast growth for ByteDance, the Beijing-based parent company behind TikTok. Originally launched in Chin...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Asia, Instagram, Microsoft, Entertainment, Navy, California, Washington, Government, China, America, Tech, Walmart


10 things in tech you need to know today

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to the media after receiving a briefing from the transition COVID-19 advisory board on November 09, 2020 at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Biden spoke about how his administration would respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Busi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Godaddy, Joe Biden, Fbi, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Biden, Sundar Pichai, Nordic, Wilmington Delaware, Twitter Facebook, Amazon Alexa


Facebook, Instagram Will Switch White House Accounts From Trump to Biden on Jan. 20

President Trump still refuses to publicly acknowledge that he lost the 2020 election, but in any event he and his administration will lose access to the White House accounts on Facebook and Instagram in less than two months. Facebook confirmed that as of Jan. 20, 2021, when president-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as the […]
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, White House, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Facebook Instagram Will Switch White House


Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot knows there's 'COVID fatigue' in peoples' response to the virus. But letting your guard down now could be a matter of 'life and death,' she says.

Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot arrives at a University of Chicago initiative event for the science in Chicago, Illinois, on July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke to Insider on Thursday about her city's response to COVID-19.  She admitted people have experienced "COVID fatigue" in recent weeks, but urged people not to gather on Thanksgiving.  She said the decision not to gather for the November holiday is a matter of "life and death." Visit Business...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, News, Instagram, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Chicago, United States, University Of Chicago, Biden, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Chicago Illinois, Lori Lightfoot, Lightfoot


'This isn't a game': Michelle Obama rips into Trump for refusing to concede and says he put her family in danger with 'racist lies'

Erika Goldring/Getty Images The former first lady Michelle Obama issued a direct call Monday for President Donald Trump to concede the 2020 election and allow for a peaceful transfer of power. In an Instagram post, Obama opened up about her personal struggles with welcoming the Trumps to the White House on Inauguration Day in 2017. "Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that put my family in danger," she wrote in the post. "But I knew that, for the sake of the country, I ha...
Tags: Politics, Instagram, Obama, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Transition, Michelle Obama, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Erika Goldring Getty, Jake Lahut, Michelle Obama @michelleobama Donald Trump


'This isn't a game': Michelle Obama rips into Trump for refusing to concede and putting her family in danger with 'racist lies'

Erika Goldring/Getty Images Former First Lady Michelle Obama issued a direct call Monday for President Donald Trump to concede the 2020 election and allow for a peaceful transfer of power. In an Instagram post, Obama opened up about her personal struggles with welcoming the Trumps to the White House on Inauguration Day in 2017. "Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that put my family in danger," she wrote in the post. "But I knew that, for the sake of the country, I had to...
Tags: Politics, Instagram, Obama, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Transition, United States, Michelle Obama, Donald Trump, Trump, Matt Viser, Erika Goldring Getty, Jake Lahut


If You Can't Beat Them, Make Some Shit Up About Them and Hope It Goes Viral

Your feeds are not currently full of news about the ongoing civil war between the Real American Front and the Alliance to Restore Democracy. In fact, there’s barely any Second American Civil War going on at all, which is to say that things could theoretically be going a lot worse after November 3 than your relatives,…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Elections, Science, Technology, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, Linkedin, Joe Biden, Airbnb, Election, Donald Trump, Hoaxes


How nano influencers on YouTube and Instagram land brand deals and earn money

Laur DeMartino. Alex Frank Hi, this is Amanda Perelli. Welcome back to Insider Influencers, our weekly rundown on the influencer and creator economy. Sign up for the newsletter here.Influencers really only need a few thousand followers to start cashing in on their online platforms.Called "nano" influencers, this category of creators generally have fewer than 5,000 subscribers on YouTube and between 2,500 and 10,000 followers on Instagram. Nano influencers often specialize in a specific nich...
Tags: Amazon, Media, Instagram, Youtube, La, Advertising, Trends, Linkedin, Joe Biden, Khloe Kardashian, Charles, Influencers, Lululemon, Nash, Lauren, Hager


We love these election reactions from some of our favorite moms: History is happening.

This morning, as we wake up on our first Monday with President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris heading to the White House, I’m passing the mic. Although yes, of course, we had some things to say as well. I’m sharing just a few of the thoughts about the election results from mothers we […]
Tags: Instagram, Parenting, Shopping, White House, Social Media, Joe Biden, Columns, Social Good, Kamala Harris, Doing Good, Thinking : Parent, Politics + Activism


Pro-Trump Christian evangelical ‘prophets’ apologise for getting election result wrong

In the run up to the presidential elections, a number of evangelical Christian leaders had forecast a clear win for Donald Trump – and they are now having to apologise for “missing the prophecy” after Joe Biden was named president-elect. Californian pastor Kris Vallotton apologised to Mr Biden directly on Instagram, stating that "you're my president" similar to the way Mr Trump and Barack Obama were “his presidents”.
Tags: News, Instagram, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Kris Vallotton


Jeff Bezos congratulates president-elect Biden, saying Americans 'proved again our democracy is strong'

Jeff Bezos (right) talks to Donald Trump (left) at a White House technology roundtable in 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria Jeff Bezos congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their Presidential win Saturday.  In an Instagram post, the Amazon founder said President Trump's loss proves "unity, empathy, and decency are not characteristics of a bygone era." Biden's win is likely a mixed result for Amazon, which stands to lose from Democratic-led regulation, but has also dealt with very public a...
Tags: Amazon, Politics, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Washington Post, Senate, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, House, Paris, Bill Gates, Postal Service, Jeff Bezos


This is the message Facebook and Instagram will display when a presidential election winner is projected

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images, Drew Angerer/Getty Images Notifications on Facebook and Instagram will name the projected presidential winner once most major media outlets have picked either Donald Trump or Joe Biden, Facebook announced Thursday night. Messages will run across the top of both platforms, and labels on posts from both Trump and Biden will include the name of the projected winner, Facebook said. Facebook, which owns Instagram, is awaiting projections from the decision desks of...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Instagram, US, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Joe Biden, Associated Press, Biden, Election, Donald Trump, Trump, Election 2020, Tech Insider


Facebook giving preferential treatment to pro-Trump users, conservatives: Report

Facebook let associates of US president Donald Trump, including his son Donald Trump Jr., post misinformation on its platform during the final months of the presidential election campaign, and did not take proportionate action against these users to avoid being accused of “anti-conservative” bias, reported the Washington Post. The revelations come after months of accusations by Republican leadership that Facebook is biased against their party, and only days after these accusations were aired in ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Post, New York Post, News, Instagram, Washington Post, Senate, India, BJP, Narendra Modi, US, Joe Biden, US Senate


This is how 16 tech companies have reacted to the QAnon conspiracy theory on their platform

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images Social-media platforms have been slow to act against the QAnon conspiracy theory, with many only acting to curb the ballooning movement within the last few weeks.  QAnon followers have been linked to several alleged crimes, including killings and attempted kidnappings.  Now, tech companies, including Facebook, TikTok, Triller, Etsy, and others, say they're making efforts to rid their platforms of the unfounded conspiracy theory movement.  Visit Business Insider's...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy, Youtube, Berlin, New York City, Nbc News, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden


This is how 14 tech companies have reacted to the QAnon conspiracy theory on their platform

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images Social-media platforms have been slow to act against the QAnon conspiracy theory, with many only acting to curb the ballooning movement within the last few weeks.  QAnon followers have been linked to several alleged crimes, including killings and attempted kidnappings.  Now, tech companies, including Facebook, TikTok, Triller, Etsy, and others, say they're making efforts to rid their platforms of the unfounded conspiracy theory movement.  Visit Business Insider's...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy, Youtube, Berlin, New York City, Nbc News, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #512

Twitter takes a U-turn on blocking controversial New York Post storyEarlier last week, we witnessed the latest moves in the war on misinformation from Facebook and Twitter, who had limited the spread of a controversial New York Post article critical of Joe Biden. Both platforms questioned the validity of the article and the origins of the materials featured, which are thought to have been pulled from a computer that had been left by Biden’s son in a computer repair shop. However, it now appears ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, New York Post, UK, Instagram, White House, Social Media, Seo, Joe Biden, Snapchat, Biden, Mashup, Lens, Competition and Markets Authority CMA


QAnon is facing a wave of bans by tech companies. These are the platforms that have and haven't responded to the conspiracy theory.

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images Social-media platforms have been slow to act against the QAnon conspiracy theory, with many only acting to curb the ballooning movement within the last few weeks.  QAnon followers have been linked to several alleged crimes, including killings and attempted kidnappings.  Now, tech companies, including Facebook, TikTok, Triller, Etsy, and others, say they're making efforts to rid their platforms of the unfounded conspiracy theory movement.  Visit Business Insider's...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy, Youtube, Berlin, New York City, Nbc News, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn


Hedge fund winners and losers — Morgan Stanley's shopping spree

Happy Saturday!Just six days after Morgan Stanley closed on its all-stock E-Trade acquisition, the Wall Street bank said this week that it will buy Eaton Vance in a deal valued at $7 billion. Rebecca Ungarino took a look at why Morgan Stanley's bid for the storied asset manager gives it a leg up on rivals and signals more deals to come across the industry. She and Bradley Saacks also mapped out 4 asset-management firms that could be the next target as consolidation pressures mount and other bank...
Tags: Instagram, Congress, Softbank, New York City, US, Trends, Joe Biden, SEC, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Bill Ackman, Lebron James, Donald Trump, Morgan Stanley, Fis


Morgan Stanley's shopping spree — Hedge fund winners and losers — Day in the life of @MrsDowJones

Happy Saturday!Just six days after Morgan Stanley closed on its all-stock E-Trade acquisition, the Wall Street bank said it will buy asset manager Eaton Vance in a deal valued at $7 billion. The latest transaction highlights the firm's big shift in focus under Chief Executive James Gorman.Rebecca Ungarino took a look at why Morgan Stanley's bid for the storied asset manager gives it a leg up on rivals and signals more deals to come across the industry. We also mapped out 4 asset-management firms...
Tags: Instagram, Congress, Softbank, New York City, US, Trends, Joe Biden, SEC, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Bill Ackman, Lebron James, Donald Trump, Morgan Stanley, Fis


Facebook removes disinformation networks linked to political actors in US, Myanmar, Azerbaijan

Facebook removed four networks of coordinated inauthentic behaviour, which were linked to politically affiliated actors in the US, Myanmar, Nigeria, and Azerbaijan, in the first eight days of October. Two of these networks primarily relied on posts by real people instead of automated bots to commenting on posts by media organisations and public figures to create the impression of widespread support of their narratives. In Myanmar, at least 70 accounts with links to the military were removed. In ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Usa, New York, News, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Washington Post, Russia, Nigeria, US, Social Media, Conservative, Joe Biden, Aung San Suu Kyi, Armenia


Facebook removed hundreds of fake accounts linked to conservative youth group Turning Point USA that used the platform to spread pro-Trump messages

Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters Facebook has removed 200 fake accounts created by a marketing firm that was working for an affiliate of conservative youth group Turning Point USA.  The company announced that it had discovered a coordinated campaign to use fake accounts to comment on news articles, writing messages centered around topics like the coronavirus outbreak and the 2020 election. In examples published by Facebook, commenters criticized mail-in ballots, promoted big game hunting, and sai...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Instagram, Washington Post, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Democrats, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Trump, Facebook Instagram and Twitter, Tech Insider, Turning Point USA, Austin Smith, Content Moderation


An entire generation of new voters are on TikTok, but Biden and Trump are neglecting them

Despite its potential to reach a generation of voters, Trump and Biden have steered clear of TikTok. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images; Drew Angerer/Getty Images; Shayanne Gal/Business Insider As a possible ban still looms over TikTok’s growing user base, discussions about politics exist on nearly every corner of the video-based app. But absent from these political discussions often are the candidates themselves, like President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, whose campa...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, New York, Instagram, Congress, Senate, White House, China, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Walmart, Joe Biden, Getty Images


Conspiracy Theory Twitter Is Going Nuts Over Trump’s COVID Diagnosis

It took about two full minutes from President Trump’s tweet confirming that he and Melania Trump had both tested positive for COVID-19 for the Twittersphere to go quite literally crazy with conspiracies. As some people speculated that the conspiracy theories would take hold come daybreak, the head of Instagram tweeted: “It’s already starting...” A number of Twitter users have pushed the theory that the president is “faking” the diagnosis to get out of any more disastrous debates or to distract t...
Tags: News, Instagram, Joe Biden, Trump, Melania Trump, Mike Rothschild, Jodi Austin, Catherine Kenyon


Athletes, priests and presidents: 10 public figures who didn't take the coronavirus seriously and then got infected themselves

President Trump holds a Make America Great Again campaign rally in Winston-Salem, NC United States on September 8, 2020 Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump both tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. Trump is the biggest name in a lineup of political figures, athletes, and celebrities who didn't take the COVID-19 pandemic threat seriously, refused to wear face masks, or publicly joked about the virus. But despite dismissi...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Instagram, Nbc, Washington Post, Cbs News, White House, Denver Nuggets, Trends, Joe Biden, Features, Getty Images, Britain, Gop, Washington Dc


Brand Moves for Thursday October 1

In early March we began reporting daily on how brands were dealing with Covid-19. But it’s become clear that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption, so we decided to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal is to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand moves as they happen. Amazon has been hurriedly trying to remove T-shirts with the words, “Stand back,...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Japan, UK, Instagram, Congress, Washington, China, Advertising, US, Unilever, Walmart, Joe Biden, Paypal, Alibaba


Josh Hawley Is A Lying Demagogue Who Has Built A Fake Fantasy World About 'Evil Big Tech' (techdirt)

What's up Senator Hawley? What's bugging you today? Yesterday, Hawley went to the floor of the Senate to try to sneakily move forward one of his many, many bills to destroy the internet and take away Section 230. He tried to sneak it through without letting folks who he knew would oppose it know, in the hopes that they might not show up to stop him. In fact, he did it at a time when the key person blocking his bill -- Senator Ron Wyden, who authored Section 230 and knows that Hawley is lying abo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Instagram, Supreme Court, Buzzfeed, Senate, China, Russia, America, Joe Biden, Iran, United States, Missouri, Silicon Valley, News Corp


Get ready, it's coming: The Equinox and the way Joe Biden can bring Barack Obama back as President of the United States before winter ends!

Here's this morning's sunrise, photographed at 6:50: The actual sunrise time was 6:45, but more interesting than that is that The Equinox is coming at 8:30 CDT this morning.But if politics interests you more than nature, you'll want to hang on for my wonderful plan for Joe Biden to bring back our friend, the pleasantest President, Barack Obama. And don't worry about Kamala Harris. I have a wonderful place for her. Explanation coming in my next post, but go ahead and speculate, and you'll see it...
Tags: Photography, Law, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, United States, Sunrise, Biden, Kamala Harris, Equinox, Ann Althouse, Obama the ex-President


Trump sidesteps question about poisoning of Putin critic Alexei Navalny: 'We'll talk about that at another time'

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny pays respect to founder of Russia’s oldest human rights group and Sakharov Prize winner Lyudmila Alexeyeva in Moscow, Russia December 11, 2018. Maxim Shemetov/Reuters President Donald Trump dodged a White House reporter's question on the poisoning of Russian President Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny, saying "we'll talk about that at another time." Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and prominent critic of Putin, was poisoned on a flight from ...
Tags: Politics, News, Instagram, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Siberia, Kremlin, Biden, Donald Trump, Alexei Navalny


How comedian and UFC commentator Joe Rogan became the world's highest-paid podcaster

Joe Rogan's podcast made $30 million last year. Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Joe Rogan's wildly popular podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience," is now available on Spotify — and it's already stirring up controversy.  In the past week, Rogan has been accused of making transphobic comments and spreading misinformation about the Oregon wildfires on his podcast. Rogan's multiyear licensing deal with Spotify, first announced in May, is worth more than $100 million, per The...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Elon Musk, Florida, Instagram, Podcasts, Nbc, Robert Downey Jr, Youtube, Oregon, Life, Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, Africa, US


Apps are tracking WhatsApp users' online activity, including whom they're likely talking to and when they're sleeping

Hello everyone! Welcome to this weekly roundup of Business Insider stories from executive editor Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday.Read on for news about the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, WhatsApp-tracking apps that are letting people figure out when you're sleeping, how home-listing site Zumper weeded out thousands of Section 8 renters, and a toxic culture in Yelp's Phoenix office.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Drew Angerer/Getty Images ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Supreme Court, Washington, White House, Softbank, US, San Francisco, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, Whatsapp, Chicago, Ubs, Citigroup



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