TThe contentious debate about the future of TikTok reached a new peak on Wednesday after the Biden administration threatened a nationwide ban on the popular video-sharing app unless its Chinese owner pledged to sell his stake in the company, TikTok confirmed to TIME. The recent demand for the sale of assets was first reported Wall Street Journal.
The apparent ultimatum from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) marks a major escalation by White House officials in lengthy negotiations between Beijing-headquartered owner ByteDance and federal officials who say TikTok’s connection to China poses a potential danger. a threat to national security.
Why does the US want to ban TikTok?
Since launching in 2016, the app has grown in popularity to over 1 billion active users, including over 100 million in the US. But its rise stems from fears by federal officials and security experts that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could have unrestricted access to sensitive data the company collects about Americans. As a Chinese company, ByteDance is subject to a national security law that requires it to hand over data to Chinese authorities upon request.
“The biggest problem is that users are largely unaware of the true risks associated with foreign governments using their user data,” says Anton Dabura, executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute. “People would be shocked at how our breadcrumb trails from our mobile devices and other platforms can be used in different ways that could pose a threat to national security.”
The push to ban TikTok in the US is largely led by Republican MPs in Congress who is concerned that ByteDance may use user data to track browsing history and location and potentially contribute to the spread of misinformation. Texas Republican Representative Michael McCall, who is a member of the House Foreign Relations Committee that sponsored the bill to ban TikTok, said: “Anyone with TikTok downloaded on their device has given the CCP access to all of their personal information. It’s a spy ball in their phone.” More Democratswho have been less vocal about advancing these security measures in the past, Start show your support publicly.
TikTok, however, is adamant that the CFIUS asset sale requirement will not solve security concerns. “If the goal is to protect national security, the takeover will not solve the problem: the change of ownership will not impose any new restrictions on data flows or access to them,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement to TIME. “The best way to address national security concerns is to transparently protect US user data and systems in the US with the robust third-party monitoring, verification, and verification that we are already implementing.”
With political pressure mounting, TikTok CEO Show Zi Chu is due to testify next week on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers from both parties are expected to question him about alleged security risks associated with the app.
Which countries have already banned TikTok?
Several countries have already taken steps to cut ties with the platform.
In 2020, India imposed a ban on several Chinese-owned apps, including TikTok and WeChat, due to privacy and security concerns amid ongoing tensions along the China-India border. Pakistan temporarily blocked TikTok at least four times, citing concerns that the app was promoting immoral content. The Afghan government Taliban banned the app in 2022 due to “Misleading the youth“.
Meanwhile, a number of governments, including Canada, the United States, and Taiwan, have taken steps to restrict access to the app on government-owned devices. On Thursday, the UK became the latest country to ban TikTok on government devices.
What does this mean for TikTok users?
Users of the platform are concerned about what a potential ban could mean for them, especially for content creators who make a living from TikTok. Creator Foundation payments and brand advertising. According to the data, the highest paid users of the platform can earn up to $250,000 per sponsored post. Forbes. “So who is going to tell the Biden administration that some of us have literally built our careers on TikTok, and if it gets banned, we won’t really have anything?” tweeted one user.
Due to uncertainty about the future of the TikTokers apps, they have shared their grievances on the platform. “Well guys, it was fun, but it looks like it’s over for us. We have learned a lot. We laughed. We cried,” one user jokingly says. in video with over 100,000 views. The top comment on the video reads: “See you at VPN Tok.” This is one of countless user comments suggesting they will try to bypass the potential ban by using a virtual private network to access the app.
A ban on TikTok could open the door for other companies like Meta’s Instagram to fill the void in video sharing. In October, Twitter CEO Elon Musk said he was thinking about bringing back Vine, the short video app that was discontinued in 2019.
Will selling TikTok make it safer?
TikTok has been in talks with CFIUS over national security requirements for more than two years. This was announced by TikTok CEO Chu. Wall Street Journal on Thursday that the sale of the company would not solve US national security concerns over the application.
Instead, the social media platform says it has pledged to spend $1.5 billion to protect US user data and content from access or influence by the Chinese government. The plan involves hiring the American corporation Oracle. to store user data. “I welcome feedback on what other risks we are talking about that are not covered in this paper,” Chu said. “I haven’t heard anything so far that can’t actually be solved by this.”
Shuzi Chu, CEO of TikTok Inc., during an interview at the TikTok office in New York, USA on Thursday, February 17, 2022.
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TikTok also said that ByteDance is 60% owned by global investors, including US investment giants BlackRock, General Atlantic and Sequoia. (However, like most startups, ByteDance’s founders own a majority stake in the company.) Chu confirmed to reporters magazine that ByteDance is actively considering a TikTok public offering, but added that “there is no concrete plan right now.”
The TikTok ownership debate has become a major flashpoint in the US-China conflict, posing a major challenge for the Biden administration as it grapples with the new reality of an internet dominated by non-US companies.
“It’s not clear to me how much the sale itself will give,” says Harry Brodman, a former CFIUS official. “But it opens up a wider debate about what methods the US government will use to protect the so-called personal information of US citizens. The TikTok issue is the reason for this conversation.”
“Divorce is just one path, one tool to use,” Brodman adds. “It’s an obvious option, but the question is, is it enough?”
Last week, the White House approved a bipartisan bill that would give the Commerce Department sweeping powers to ban or restrict TikTok and other apps based in foreign countries, though efforts to ban the social media platform used by more than 100 million Americans could be disputed under the First Amendment.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters on Thursday that the US has yet to provide evidence that TikTok threatens its national security and, under the pretext of data security, is abusing its power to suppress foreign nations.
“The US must stop spreading misinformation about data security, stop harassing the company concerned, and provide an open, fair, and non-discriminatory environment for foreign companies to invest and operate in the US,” Wang said.
Broadman, who worked for CFIUS, said the committee is likely considering several other options in addition to requiring TikTok’s parent company to sell its stake in the app. a plan that would subject the app to stricter government oversight than any U.S. social media company has ever faced. The plan includes hiring U.S. government-approved employees and board members to run TikTok’s U.S. subsidiary.
“The question for CFIUS now is whether their decision will set a precedent for the next case they face, whether it be in China or in another country,” says Brodman.
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Find today’s Wordle particularly challenging? We are here to help! We have an answer to Wordle (#638) dated March 19, along with some helpful tips to help you find the answer right here. We’ve put the answer right at the bottom of the page so you don’t spoil the surprise before you get to the bottom of the clues. So let’s dive in, starting with a summary of yesterday’s answer.
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Today’s Wordle starts with the letter C.
Today’s Wordle uses two vowels.
Today’s Wordle is a Latin term referring to a declaration of faith.
It may seem like Wordle is all about luck, but there are some good practices you can use to help you get as many clues as you can with just a few guesses, which greatly increases the chances of you guessing the last word before it runs out. attempts. The most important guess is your first one, and the trick is to load the vowels (A, E, I, O, and U).
Some popular opening words that people are lucky with are goodbye, media, get up, and radio. Just make sure the word doesn’t have double letters or you’re wasting precious guesswork. The goal here is to try and figure out which vowels the mystery word contains, and then superimpose the common consonants and get closer to them.
Your second word, assuming the first gave you a good starting point, should start to rely more heavily on common consonants like R, S, and T. We’ve seen more good words here: strict, angry. ‘, and ‘to redeem’. You never want to reuse any of the letters from the previous round that were shown in gray – you know they’re not in the word.
Tuesday, Antropic introduced Claude, a large language model (LLM) that can generate text, write code, and function as an AI assistant similar to ChatGPT. The model comes from major concerns about the future AI Security and Anthropic trained him with a technique it calls “Constitutional AI.”
Two versions of the AI model, “Claude” and “Claude Instant”, are now available at a limited price.early accessand commercial partners of Anthropic. Those with access can use Claude either through the chat interface in the Anthropic Developer Console or through the Application Programming Interface (API). Using the API, developers can connect remotely to Anthropic’s servers and add Claude’s analysis and text completion capabilities to their applications.
Anthropic claims that Claude is “much less likely to produce harmful results, easier to communicate with and more manageable” than other AI chatbots while maintaining a “high degree of reliability and predictability”. The company provides use cases such as searching, summarizing, collaborative writing, and coding. And like the ChatGPT API, Claude can change personality, tone, or behavior based on usage preferences.
In order to sell Claude, Anthropic charges a per-million character input and output fee. While the OpenAI gpt-3.5-turbo artificial intelligence model costs $0.002 per 1,000 tokens (word fragments), Claude Instant is available at $0.42 per million characters for fast input and $1.45 per million characters for output. “Claude-v1”, the larger model, costs $2.90 per million input characters and $8.60 per million output characters. While there is no standard conversion between tokens and characters, our preliminary calculations are that the OpenAI ChatGPT API costs between $0.40 and $0.50 per million characters, so Claude is more expensive overall.
According to Anthropic, Claude is already integrated into several products available through partners, such as DuckAssist instant bulletins from DuckDuckGo, part The concept of AIand an artificial intelligence chat app called poet which was created by Quora.
Former OpenAI VP of Research Dario Amodei and his sister Daniela founded Anthropic in 2021. like “An AI research and security company” following controversy over the increasingly commercial direction of OpenAI. Amodi brought along other OpenAI employees, such as Tom Brown, who led the engineering work on GPT-3. The GPT-3 version later served as the underlying language model underlying ChatGPT. In accordance with edgeGoogle invested $300 million in Anthropic at the end of 2022 in exchange for 10 percent of the company.
Based on Google’s announced plans for Bard and Palm API, it seems unlikely that Google will rely on Anthropic’s AI solutions for its products, but funding competitor OpenAI may be in Google’s strategic interests going forward. For now, Anthropic plans to continue developing and improving Claude.
“We plan to introduce even more updates in the coming weeks,” writes Anthropic. “As we develop these systems, we will continually work to make them more useful, fair, and harmless as we learn more from our security research and our deployments.”