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  • Hype House, the physical location of a new content creator collective, is a Spanish-style mansion perched at the top of a hill on a gated street in Los Angeles.

    Firm’s transparency report says government sent 107 requests for user information in 1st half of 2019. The platform said it complied with 47% of these requests from India. TikTok said like other tech companies, it was occasionally presented with requests from various official bodies, such as government agencies or law enforcement officials.

    TikTok, Facebook, and YouTube will be impacted as the new rule means tougher norms for policing online content.

    The BJP, AAP and Congress will shell out anywhere between Rs. 150 crore and Rs. 170 crore in total for the upcoming Delhi Elections

    TikTok, a popular short video platform, said India sent 107 total requests for user information in the first half 2019. Out of these 99 were legal requests and 8 were emergency requests. A total of 143 user accounts were mentioned in these requests. TikTok said it complied with 47% of these requests from India.

    While micro-blogging platform Twitter banned political advertising in October, Google curbed ways in which political parties can micro target their campaigns in November. Chinese ByteDance-owned short-video platform TikTok does not allow political advertising at all.

    Baidu is trying hard to diversify into AI tech from its Chinese-language search engine, as it falls behind the other two in the global technology race. Last year, Baidu posted its first loss since going public almost 15 years ago, as the Chinese tech group saw its ad business hit by a slowing domestic economy.

    TikTok users posting these protest videos were not so long ago shooting videos of themselves dancing, cracking jokes and playing pranks. Its young and semi-urban user base is in stark contrast to the one found on Twitter and Instagram, which is a platform of choice for urban intellectuals, activists, the media and lawyers.

    A TikTok stake sale would likely push back any initial public offering for ByteDance. The company has considered an IPO in the US or Hong Kong as soon as next year, but still needs to beef up its international operations and hire a chief financial officer

    Music companies such as T-Series, Times Music & Saregama set to earn over Rs 100 crore this year as users put posts on these platforms with their music. Many experts say these are early days and with more users in India getting exposed to social media's features, music labels will benefit more. The revenue potential of these platforms may increase substantially.

    TikTok has 200 million users in India. Following a temporary ban by the Madras High Court earlier this year, and a week after it became available again on app stores in India, TikTok had stated in May that it had reclaimed the top spot among free apps on the iOS platform and in the social category on the Google Play Store on Android.

    ByteDance Inc is testing a new music app in India and Indonesia as it tries to pull off another global sensation.

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