Monthly Archives: August 2020

TikTok Deal Is Complicated by New Rules From China Over Tech Exports

As the sale of TikTok enters its final stages, Beijing is saying it wants the last word. In a bureaucratic two-step, China on Friday updated its export control rules to cover a variety of technologies it deemed sensitive, including technology that sounded much like TikTok’s personalized recommendation engine. Then on Saturday, the country’s official Xinhua […]

Ubisoft to remove image of raised black fist from Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad

French game publisher Ubisoft is apologizing to fans after a video showing the opening sequence for Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad showed images of a raised black fist, which critics said was “insensitive” and appeared to connect the Black Lives Matter movement to a fictional terrorist organization in the game. The game’s opening sequence shows UMBRA, […]

What if Facebook Is the Real ‘Silent Majority’?

To be sure, Facebook is not the only medium where right-wing content thrives. Millions of Americans still get their news from cable news and talk radio, where conservative voices have dominated for years. Many pro-Trump Facebook influencers also have sizable presences on Twitter, YouTube and other social networks. But the right’s dominance on Facebook, specifically, […]

Kevin Mayer quits as TikTok CEO due to ongoing political turmoil

TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has left the company amid ongoing disputes with the Trump administration and sale talks. The news was first reported by the Financial Times. “We appreciate that the political dynamics of the last few months have significantly changed what the scope of Kevin’s role would be going forward, and fully respect his […]