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Snap Stock Closes 6% Up After Pompeo's TikTok Threat<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://dot.la/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQ0MDk4NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0ODg3NTk5OX0.G1PsKdW-h4gVGZ0k_12ltp3eCO1VkH6IfRP6hPSzc6s/image.jpg?width=980" id="e9a13" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="5a81610e6918d3d6fd705458d371f4c4" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />silver iPhone 6 on top of yellow wooden surfacePhoto by Thought Catalog on Unsplash<p>Snap stock closed nearly 6% up on Tuesday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. government is "looking at" a ban on Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, because of security concerns.</p><p>Snap didn't respond to a request for comment. TikTok said in a statement that it's a company that's led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and "key leaders" in safety, security, product and public policy in the U.S.<br></p><p>"We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users," the statement said. "We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked."</p>
Could the U.S. Ban Chinese-Owned TikTok?<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQ0MDg3Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0ODA0ODc0OH0.jiz5wtUGbDqa6Nqtj3gKbMLjYkzqIGqiBnGf2fv7PUE/img.jpg?width=980" id="d1531" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e0516651b157cf7c6c38cc2df952823f" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>The Trump Administration is "looking at" banning TikTok, the popular social media app owned by Chinese internet giant ByteDance, over concerns that information is being shared with Beijing.</p><p>Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told<a href="https://www.foxnews.com/media/mike-pompeo-tik-tok-china-communist-social-media-spying-fox-ingraham" target="_blank"> Fox News</a> Monday that the United States is considering whether to restrict TikTok and other social media apps after India banned its use. <br></p><p>"We are taking this very seriously and we are certainly looking at it," Pompeo said. "With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too...I don't want to get out in front of the president, but it's something we're looking at."</p><p>Pompeo warned American users that downloading the app would leave their private information "in the hands of the Chinese communist party."</p><p><span></span>Culver City-based TikTok, has around 30 million active users in the U.S. and is owned by Beijing-based technology firm ByteDance Ltd. The social media app has received much scrutiny from the national security community. It's no longer allowed on Australian Defense Department devices following a similar ban by the Pentagon due to national security concerns surrounding China's potential access to data.<br></p><p>At the end of June, <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/29/india-bans-tiktok-and-dozens-of-other-chinese-apps-over-security-concerns.html" target="_blank">India joined the ranks of those banning TikTok</a>, restricting it and other Chinese social media apps due to security concerns.</p><p>ByteDance has said that all U.S. user data is stored in the United States and Singapore, not on Chinese servers.</p><p>Meanwhile, the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/technology/tiktok-google-facebook-twitter-hong-kong.html" target="_blank">New York Times</a> reported, TikTok is withdrawing its app from Hong Kong stores and making it inoperable there after the government began using broad new security laws aimed at blocking opposition to the communist party in the former British colony.<br></p><p>Facebook, Twitter and Google stopped processing Hong Kong's request for user data, according to the report, a move that could hurt their ad revenue.</p><p>TikTok isn't available in mainland China and the company has said that executives outside China run operations.</p><p>___</p><p><em>Do you have a story that needs to be told? My DMs are open on Twitter </em><a href="https://twitter.com/latams" target="_blank"><em>@latams</em></a><em>. You can also email me at tami(at)dot.la, or ask for my Signal.</em></p>
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John Legend Takes to Wave's Virtual Stage<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://dot.la/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQwMDU4MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwMzQxNzg2Nn0.EWmJ9avEF-GlUzE4JTaXXPCP_opTqqoefsDLj9HvRX8/image.jpg?width=980" id="f35ac" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="6319a8cc4e2b1540a0423135472fae0a" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
TIkTok Reportedly Raked in $200M<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzI4MTA2NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMTI4NDc0M30.F2EmQwLKpL0bqpvqRnKtfsESZGRp-fL7HNtQzPApv1I/img.jpg?width=980" id="f162f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c9e4b7ecdb23a3681081ff2365c5e5fa" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p><em>The Information</em> <a href="https://www.theinformation.com/articles/tiktoks-u-s-revenues-expected-to-hit-500-million-this-year" target="_blank">reported Wednesday</a> that TikTok earned between $200 million and $300 million in revenue worldwide in 2019. The news site also said the Culver City-based social media phenomenon's 2020 revenue goals are $500 million in the U.S. alone. These figures follow <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-27/bytedance-is-said-to-hit-3-billion-in-profit-as-revenue-doubles?sref=QjdS4d5U" target="_blank">a separate report from</a> <em><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-27/bytedance-is-said-to-hit-3-billion-in-profit-as-revenue-doubles?sref=QjdS4d5U">Bloomberg </a></em><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-27/bytedance-is-said-to-hit-3-billion-in-profit-as-revenue-doubles?sref=QjdS4d5U">last month</a> that TikTok's parent company ByteDance raked in $17 billion in 2019, and pocketed over $3 billion in profit.<br></p><p>A TikTok company spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny the figures, saying "we don't publicly share company data or revenue metrics."</p><p>In response to <em>The Information's </em>report that TikTok is considering hiring an American executive to oversee its sales team, the spokesperson said, "We are always looking at new opportunities to scale and attract great talent for our teams."</p><p>TikTok, which is <a href="https://dot.la/kevin-mayer-leaves-disney-for-tiktok-chapek-regime-moves-on-2646028687.html" target="_blank">now under the leadership of former Disney streaming executive Kevin Mayer</a>, will be participating later this month in the <a href="https://www.iab.com/events/newfronts-2020/#index-1" target="_blank">NewFronts, the digital media world's jamboree of presentations to woo advertising buyers</a>, which will be virtual this year.</p>
Snap Rolls Out Pride Lenses For U.S. Regions<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://dot.la/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQwMDU4Ni9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MjI1MTkyM30.4r9f-Ek_dqXAquPqNEemT4LZu26rUe-0-EhYp0Nxkjc/image.png?width=980" id="9d768" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3e2ed82098da7c317b825f37551a1847" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Courtesy of Snap<p>June is Pride Month, and instead of the annual in-person festivities, <a href="https://lapride.org/" target="_blank">L.A. Pride</a> has been celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of virtual events. Now, Snap is adding augmented reality (AR) to the mix. The Santa Monica company released five new AR lenses on Wednesday in partnership with L.A.'s <a href="https://www.pridemedia.com/" target="_blank">Pride Media</a>. The "community of storytellers, innovators and influencers" reaches over 6 million monthly unique users, which Pride says surpasses any other LGBT media brand.</p><p>The new lenses, which is Snap-speak for the digital overlays that transform a camera image, "spotlight diverse, queer-identifying changemakers advancing equity for all people in every U.S. state," according to a company statement. The release is paired with the annual "<a href="https://www.advocate.com/champions-pride" target="_blank">Champions of Pride</a>" issue from <em>The Advocate</em>, a Pride Media subsidiary publication.</p><p>A Snap spokesperson describes the five new lenses as "art gallery-style spaces" that help Snap's young-leaning users learn about LGBTQ+ and BIPOC advocates. These include "Mighty" Rebekah, a 13-year-old who successfully lobbied for an LGBTQ-inclusive school curriculum in her home state of New Jersey, and Brandon Wolf, the first survivor of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando to testify before Congress.</p><p>Snap tapped five designers from its official <a href="https://lensstudio.snapchat.com/creators/" target="_blank">lens creator cohort</a> to represent five U.S. regions. Each creator has regional ties and either identifies as LGBTQ+ or an ally, the company says.</p><p>Brielle Garcia, designer of the Pacific West lens, says, "I wanted to work on a Pride lens that was not just a celebration of the past, but a celebration of our future. I hope these Lenses can be an encouragement to everyone in the LGBT community. Encouragement that people as unique as you can have success in business, politics, art, or anything you can dream of. This message is important to me because this kind of success has not always been available to us. So many amazing people have come before us to pave the way and this is a celebration of their success and a guide to what you can achieve."</p><p>Joshua Keeney, repping the Northeast, says, "The takeaways that I want people to have with this Lens is that there is incredible diversity within the LGBTQ community, that everyone can be a champion in their own way, and can bring changes to their own communities."</p>
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