influencer economy

When TikTok proudly announced in 2019 that it would ban political advertisements on its platform, the social networking service was met with widespread praise. At a time when Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram refused to take a stand against political powers, many praised TikTok's commitment to neutrality.

Yet two years later, it's clear TikTok has succumbed to those forces as well: A report published Thursday by Mozilla suggests that misleading political ads and "dark money" have seeped onto the app.

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Los Angeles tech startup Jellysmack has joined the unicorn ranks for its AI-based software that drives viewers to YouTube creators like MrBeast and Brad Mondo.
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