Rapper SpotemGottem arrested in Florida hotel room after dispute over $80 parking fee, police say
Rapper SpotemGottem arrested in Florida hotel room after dispute over $80 parking fee FILE PHOTO: Rapper SpotemGottem, known for the single "Beat Box" and its Tik Tok challenge, was arrested Thursday in a Florida hotel room for his involvement in a dispute in June over an $80 parking fee, authorities said. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)AVENTURA, Fla. — Rapper SpotemGottem, known for the single “Beat Box” and its Tik Tok challenge, was arrested Thursday in a Florida hotel room for his involvement in a dispute in June over an $80 parking fee, authorities said. The victim said he was working at the garage when four Dodge Chargers, colored white, green, gray and burgundy, pulled up and parked, WPLG reported. A gun was also found “within reach and readily accessible for immediate use,” investigators said, WPLG reported. The rapper was scheduled to perform at the Rolling Loud Music Festival, WPLG reported.wftv.com
Orange County deputy’s TikTok videos under investigation, sheriff’s office says
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has launched an internal investigation into a deputy who has been posting videos of herself on the social media platform TikTok while wearing the agency’s uniform and possibly using a county-owned vehicle, News 6 has learned. Deputy Shelby Abramson, 29, began creating TikTok videos a few months after she was hired by the sheriff’s office in November 2019. The agency did not receive any complaints about Abramson’s TikTok videos, a sheriff’s spokesperson told News 6. Only one gun, honey.”Abramson appears to be standing in front of a county-owned patrol vehicle or sitting inside one during some of the TikTok videos. Orange County Sheriff’s Office policy establishes rules governing how the agency’s official social media channels should be managed.
Trump to block downloads of TikTok, WeChat on Sunday
When asked about the TikTok deal during a press conference Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump said it could happen "quickly," and pointed to the U.S. companies involved, like Oracle. The Commerce Department announced Friday morning that it will ban U.S. business transactions with Chinese-owned social apps WeChat and TikTok on Sunday. The rules that start Nov. 12 include provisions that block U.S. companies from providing internet hosting and services for TikTok. In an interview with Fox Business on Friday, Ross said the bans will affect TikTok and WeChat differently at first. So there's still a chance for TikTok to survive Trump's executive order, but WeChat is considered dead in the U.S., according to the official.cnbc.com
Under lockdown, U.S. teens turn to TikTok for life hacks, laughs
FILE PHOTO: A person holds a smartphone as Tik Tok logo is displayed behind in this picture illustration taken November 7, 2019. But for high schoolers, TikTok is just an outlet for them to share their stories. The coronavirus and forced school vacation - labelled the coronacation - is the biggest trending topic on TikTok. The World Health Organization has its own @who TikTok, with its experts explaining the virus and how it can affect young people in short clips. TikTok has really helped me get through these weeks, said 17-year-old Alison Kenny, a highschooler in the suburbs of hard-hit New York.feeds.reuters.com
TikTok teens are obsessed with fake luxury products
In January, Holly Yazdi posted a video on TikTok of how to buy an Amazon dupe of Cartier's $1,650 yellow-gold "Love Ring" for less than $20. She said she received a million views overnight for the ring video. Her other videos have included lookalike Gucci boots from DH Gate ($89 for the dupe; $1,190 for the real thing). TikTok"I believe DIY posts have been really big on TikTok for a while," she said in an Instagram direct message. Of course, the terminology changes whether that's "fakes," "knockoffs," "reps" or "replicas," or, in much of TikTok parlance, "dupes."cnbc.com
Army examines TikTok security concerns after Schumer's data warning
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Army is undertaking a security assessment of China-owned social media platform TikTok after a Democratic lawmaker raised national security concerns over the apps handling of user data, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: A person holds a smartphone with Tik Tok logo displayed in this picture illustration taken November 7, 2019. National security experts have raised concerns about TikToks collection and handling of user data, including user content and communications, IP addresses, location-related data, metadata, and other sensitive personal information, Schumer wrote in a Nov. 7 letter to McCarthy. In a Nov. 5 blog post, TikToks U.S. general manager, Vanessa Pappas, said that the companys data centers are located entirely outside of China. She said U.S. user data is stored in the United States, with backup redundancy in Singapore. About 60% of TikToks 26.5 million monthly active users in the United States are between the ages of 16 and 24, the company said this year.feeds.reuters.com
Teens of TikTok take on school shootings
Recently it has become a platform where some students are turning to share their anxiety surrounding school shootings, but in Gen Z fashion. The teens of TikTok have taken on wealth inequality, climate change and the mercurial attentions of a slacktivist public. Now, with a series of brutal, darkly funny memes, they've turned a narrowed eye toward school shootings. For months following the attack, high school students around the country mobilized to call for more meaningful ways to address gun violence. To these bizarre, funny, creative TikTok teens, the joke isn't that school shootings happen.