It looks like AI is everywhere now: we create and edit images with its help, we write with AI tools, and even have video chats with artificial humans. AI could also be coming to TikTok soon, helping you spend even more time on the platform. In a recent announcement, TikTok revealed that it’s testing a chatbot that will help you find the content you like.
Photographer’s $3K camera accidentally sold at Goodwill for $70, TikTok helped retrieve it
A thriving photographer was recently in the middle of a very weird story involving her camera. Her mom accidentally donated her Canon R6 Mark II to a Goodwill where it was sold for $70. This led to a massive emotional rollercoaster and huge support from the TikTok community. They helped to trace the couple who’d bought the camera, and it all led to even more kindness from Canon themselves.
Montana TikTokers strike back, sue the state over the TikTok ban
After Montana banned TikTok, it happened what we all thought it would: the creators have struck back. A group of app users has sued the state of Montana in an attempt to overturn the controversial decision. They claim that the ban violates the First Amendment but also deprives the users of many other constitutional rights.
TikTok and Meta face lawsuit from Maryland public schools over “addictive” platforms
A public school in Maryland has filed a lawsuit against the owners of social media giants like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube. The 200-page lawsuit blames them for a growing mental health crisis and an increase in cyberbullying, as well as for intentionally targeting children with addictive platforms.
Montana becomes first US state to ban TikTok
Well, we knew it was probably going to happen, but now it’s official. Montana has just become the first US state to outright ban the popular social media app TikTok. Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed legislation yesterday (May 17th) to ban the Chinese-owned app from operating in the state.
The move was allegedly to protect residents from the threat of spying and data collection by the Chinese government. It is the first of the 50 states to implement a total ban.
Which social media platform will grow your photography business quickest?
Which social media platform do you use to build your photography or video business? You are using at least one right? Done correctly, it can be an amazing addition in how you reach your potential clients. Done poorly, and it’s little more than a time suck.
But which platform should you be using? There are so many to choose from, and with the goal posts changing frequently it can be confusing. In this video, the guys from YCImaging posted every day for two weeks on three of the major apps: YouTube shorts, Instagram reels, and TikTok to see which would build their audience the quickest.
This wholesome TikTok trend turns your life into a Wes Anderson movie
Another week, another TikTok trend. TikTok challenges are famous mostly for being stupid. Some even cause extreme harm with a sort of grim Darwinesque natural selection vibe. However, this one is different. You could almost call it wholesome.
I’m talking, of course, about the current trend of Wes Anderson-ising your life into a 30-second clip in the style of the iconic movie director. Complete with a soundtrack from the score to The French Dispatch, and you’ve got yourself a very Insta-worthy little reel. So naturally, I had to try making my own.
Montana will be the first US state to ban TikTok
Montana will be the first state in the USA to ban the popular social media app TikTok. The state legislature passed a bill requiring that app stores ban the app in the state of Montana.
The ban is supposed to be put into effect in 2024, though it’s likely that it could get legally challenged before then. The reason behind the ban is the same as the ban that Congress and the Senate placed on the app in previous months.
TikTok bans AI deep fakes from platform
TikTok is banning AI deep fakes and fake endorsements from the social media platform, a company statement says. Growing pressure on the Chinese parent company Byte Dance has led to an update of the platform’s content policies.
More and more governments and related organisations around the world have implemented employee bans on the app due to espionage concerns. The number is growing each week, with the most recent to report being the BBC, who have advised staff to remove the app from their work-approved devices.
TikTok creates Project Clover to prevent spying worries
Social media giant TikTok has launched a new project to allay Western governments’ fears over spying. ‘Project Clover’ will ensure that a separate and independent security company will oversee how the company uses and shares data.
Byte Dance, the company behind TikTok, says that an extra layer of security gateways will be applied to European user data and the transfer of that data outside of Europe.
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