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  1. Duck334

    4K Tokkit 0.9.4

    The ultimate application for mass TikTok content download. Save TikTok challenges, captions, whole accounts, hashtags, and single videos in high quality. Watch TikToks offline, browse your TikTok feed without ads, repost clips to other social networks. Features Download TikTok user videos: Bulk-download videos from TikTok accounts. Save all videos off profiles and grab avatars of TikTok users. Download New TikTok Clips Automatically: Keep up with updates from your favorite TikTok creators and hashtags. Auto-check for new videos, grab fresh content every day without lifting a finger. Download TikTok Videos by Date: Adjust the download date range at the in-app calendar. Download only the videos that were published during the specified time period. Save TikTok Video Captions: Get TikTok videos downloaded with their original captions. Hover the cursor over the video icon to see the caption in-app & copy it to the clipboard. Homepage: https://www.4kdownload.com/products/tokkit Download Links: Online installer (x64): https://dl.4kdownload.com/app/4ktokkit_0.9.4_x64_online.exe Offline installer (x64): https://dl.4kdownload.com/app/4ktokkit_0.9.4_x64.msi Portable (x64): https://dl.4kdownload.com/app/4ktokkit_0.9.4_x64.zip Online installer (x32): https://dl.4kdownload.com/app/4ktokkit_0.9.4_online.exe Offline installer (x32): https://dl.4kdownload.com/app/4ktokkit_0.9.4.msi Portable (x32): https://dl.4kdownload.com/app/4ktokkit_0.9.4.zip Medz: Hook by @bb2018 Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode [?]: //files/13164505/Generic-Hook-4K_Video_Downloader_x86-x64.rar.html
  2. Expert found a 1-Click RCE in the TikTok App for Android Egyptian security researcher Sayed Abdelhafiz discovered multiple bugs in TikTok Android Application that can be chained to achieve Remote code execution. Egyptian security researcher Sayed Abdelhafiz discovered multiple vulnerabilities in the TikTok Android Application that can be chained to achieve Remote code execution. “While testing TikTok for Android Application, I identified multiple bugs that can be chained to achieve Remote code execution that can be triaged through multiple dangerous attack vectors.” Abdelhafiz wrote. The list of vulnerabilities discovered by the expert are: Universal XSS on TikTok WebView Another XSS on AddWikiActivity Start Arbitrary Components Zip Slip in TmaTestActivity RCE! The researcher provided technical details for each of the above vulnerabilities and finally explained how to chain them to achieve remote code execution. The expert created a zip file and path traversed the filename to overwrite the libjsc.so file: /data/data/com.zhiliaoapp.musically/app_lib/df_rn_kit/df_rn_kit_a3e37c20900a22bc8836a51678e458f7/arm64-v8a/libjsc.so Then he overwrote the native-libraries with a malicious library created to execute his code. The expert initially noticed that the code will be executed at the successive restart of the Application, so he attempted to find a way to reload the library without relaunching the application. This was possible by launching the Activity: com.tt.miniapphost.placeholder.MiniappTabActivity0 The expert also published final PoC for the RCE and reported the issue to the TikTok Security team that quickly addressed them. Below the list of actions taken by TikTok: The vulnerable XSS code has been addressed; TmaTestActivity has been deleted The security team implemented restrictions to intent scheme that doesn’t allow an intent for TikTok Application on AddWikiActivity and Main WebViewActivity. Source: Expert found a 1-Click RCE in the TikTok App for Android
  3. TikTok Set for Massive $92m Payout Over Privacy Suit TikTok has agreed to pay $92m to settle multiple privacy lawsuits alleging the social network took and shared user data without consent, according to reports. The proposed settlement applies to 89 million US TikTok users whose data the firm is alleged to have sold to advertisers in violation of state and federal laws. Some of these third parties are said to be China-based businesses. According to NPR, the settlement comes on the back of 21 federal lawsuits filed mostly on behalf of children which claim the Chinese-owned company engaged in the “theft of private and personally identifiable TikTok user data.” Lawyers for the plaintiffs claimed that even draft videos that were never published were harvested by the social media giant. User information using facial recognition technology was also reportedly taken and shared. Some of the children involved in the lawsuit were as young as six, according to the settlement. “What is more, unknown to its users, included in the TikTok app is surveillance software developed in China. The TikTok app has clandestinely vacuumed up and transferred to servers in China (and to other servers accessible from within China) vast quantities of private and personally identifiable user data and content that could be employed to identify, profile and track the physical and digital location and activities of United States users now and in the future,” it continued. “Users are further at risk because defendants’ conduct exposes TikTok user data to access by the Chinese government to assist that government in meeting two of its crucial and intertwined state objectives: (a) world dominance in artificial intelligence and (b) population surveillance and control.” Under the terms of the settlement, TikTok would have to stop sending user data overseas and cease collecting biometric infomation including facial recognition data, as well as GPS data. Last year, Donald Trump attempted to ban the app in the US and then force a sale to Oracle. The Biden administration is currently reviewing the national security risks posed by all Chinese technology, while the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is conducting a national security review of TikTok. TikTik agreed to pay the FTC a record $5.7m fine in 2019 to settle a case in which it was accused of illegally collecting the personal data of children who used it. Infosecurity has contacted TikTok for comment. Source: TikTok Set for Massive $92m Payout Over Privacy Suit
  4. Justin Bieber Valentine’s Day TikTok Livestream Draws Over 4 Million Unique Viewers Rory Kramer Justin Bieber’s Valentine’s Day partnership with TikTok for a full-length live performance “Journals live from the Drew house” drew more than 4 million unique views. The event, which was social media app’s first-ever full-length single-artist live performance, was the most-viewed livestream in TikTok history, according to the company. The livestream, #JournalsLive, marked Bieber’s first performance of tracks from his fan-favorite 2013 album “Journals.” The performance catapulted the album past the 3 billion all-time streams landmark, marking a resurgence in the popularity of hits “All That Matters” and “Heartbreaker,” which reached charts in multiple countries. Bieber’s newest single, “Anyone,” also ascended to the No. 1 spot on iTunes over the weekend. With more than 20.3 million followers, Bieber is an active member of the TikTok community, using his account to unveil behind-the-scenes footage and partake in the latest internet trends. His first TikTok, which included a soundbite of his song “Yummy,” generated over 117 million views and spawned a TikTok trend that had more than 5 million videos created to the track. Currently, Bieber is trending worldwide with his Benny Blanco collaboration “Lonely,” which has more than 872,000 video creations and over 5 billion video views. After closing out 2020 with three hit singles — “Holy” with Chance The Rapper, “Lonely” with Benny Blanco and “Monster” with Shawn Mendes — Bieber rang in the new year with a brand new single “Anyone,” and his return to the stage in a New Year’s Eve livestream concert. Bieber continues to reign as one of the biggest artists in the world as the No. 1 artist on YouTube and No. 2 artist on Spotify global with over 65 million monthly listeners. He currently has three tracks in the Billboard Top 40, three Grammy nominations and an American Music Award for his 2020 album “Changes.” Source: Justin Bieber Valentine’s Day TikTok Livestream Draws Over 4 Million Unique Viewers
  5. Complaint Blasts TikTok’s ‘Misleading’ Privacy Policies TikTok is again in hot water for how the popular video-sharing app collects and shares data – particularly from its underage userbase. An umbrella group comprising 44 consumer-privacy watchdog organizations have filed a complaint against TikTok, saying the wildly-popular video-sharing platform has “misleading” data-collection policies. ByteDance-owned TikTok has skyrocketed in popularity, with more than 2 billion downloads on the Google Play and Apple App Store marketplaces. The complaint was filed by the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), made up of consumer-privacy watchdog groups from 32 countries. The BEUC says, its goal is to ensure the European Union makes policy decisions to “improve the lives of consumers.” According to the complaint, TikTok’s lack of data-collection transparency — particularly as it affects the platform’s large juvenile userbase — is potentially in violation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) data privacy regulations. The complaint was filed with the European Commission (the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation and implementing decisions) and a “network of consumer protection authorities.” “TikTok does not clearly inform its users, especially children and teenagers, about what personal data is collected, for what purpose and for what legal reason,” said the BEUC, in a report released Tuesday, along with the complaint. “These practices are problematic inter alia as they do not allow consumers to make a fully informed decision about whether to register to the app and/or to exercise their rights under the GDPR.” A TikTok spokesperson told Threatpost that an in-app summary of TikTok’s Privacy Policy has been developed “with vocabulary and a tone of voice that makes it easier for teens to understand our approach to privacy.” “We’re always open to hearing how we can improve, and we have contacted BEUC as we would welcome a meeting to listen to their concerns,” the TikTok spokesperson told Threatpost. TikTok: ‘Unclear’ Data-Collection Policy The complaint claims that TikTok’s terms of use and privacy policies provide unclear privacy statements about how it collects and shares data. For instance, TikTok’s privacy policy does not provide an “exact list” of companies who receive the data that TikTok collects and shares (beyond indicating data is shared with broad categories of cloud storage providers, business partners, content moderation services and such). Other details are not specified in TikTok’s privacy policy, said the BEUC – for instance, it does not provide information regarding the countries to which data is transferred (other than stating that data will be stored at a destination outside of the “European Economic Area”); and under which legal basis that location data is processed. The BEUC also alleged that TikTok’s privacy policy (particularly for users aged 13 to 18) is difficult to access. For example, in order to access the privacy policy, users must have an existing account – meaning “the essential information is therefore not given to children and teenagers upon registration and at the pre-contractual stage,” said the BEUC. The Impact on TikTok’s Young User Base The report highlighted that a large part of TikTok’s userbase is made up of children. For instance, in the United States, a report found that more than one-third of daily TikTok users are 14 or younger – with many videos seeming to come from children who are below 13. As such, TikTok needs to “clearly inform its users, especially in a way comprehensible to children and teenagers, about what personal data is collected, for what purpose and for what legal reason,” according to the BEUC. “We consider that some of these, as well as other…practices are potentially in breach of the General Data Protection Regulation and have brought them to the attention of Data Protection Authorities in the context of their ongoing investigations into the company,” said the BEUC. TikTok has previously found itself in hot water when it comes to its younger user base. In May, a group of privacy advocates filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging the platform failed to adequately protect children’s privacy. But the social-media platform has also sought to improve privacy for its teen users by changing the privacy settings for all registered accounts under the ages of 16, so that they are private by default. A limited TikTok app for users under 13 was also launched last year and is partnering with parent watchdog group Common Sense in an effort to deliver appropriate videos for younger TikTok-ers. “Keeping our community safe, especially our younger users, and complying with the laws where we operate are responsibilities we take incredibly seriously,” the TikTok spokesperson told Threatpost. “Every day we work hard to protect our community which is why we have taken a range of major steps, including making all accounts belonging to users under 16 private by default.” Other TikTok Toils Outlined by Privacy Watchdogs The complaint outlined an array of other issues with the TikTok app beyond its privacy policy. For instance, the BEUC claims that TikTok does not do a good job making marketing efforts obvious to its younger userbase. And, it is potentially failing to conduct due diligence when it comes to protecting children from inappropriate content – such as videos showing suggestive content, argued the BEUC. The BEUC also took issue with TikTok’s “virtual item policy,” where users can purchase coins that they can use as virtual gifts for TikTok celebrities whose performances they like. TikTok claims an “absolute right” to modify the exchange rate between the coins and gifts – which the BEUC said is “misleading” and could potentially allow the company to skew financial transactions in its own favor. Finally, TikTok’s terms of service are “unclear, ambiguous and favor TikTok to the detriment of its users,” said the BEUC. “Its copyright terms are equally unfair as they give TikTok an irrevocable right to use, distribute and reproduce the videos published by users, without remuneration,” according to the BEUC. What’s Next for TikTok As part of its complaint, the BEUC wants authorities to launch a comprehensive investigation into TikTok’s policies and practices. “Together with our members — consumer groups from across Europe — we urge authorities to take swift action,” Monique Goyens, director general at the BEUC, said in a statement. “They must act now to make sure TikTok is a place where consumers, especially children, can enjoy themselves without being deprived of their rights.” TikTok has previously come under fire for various security and privacy problems – even last year facing a threat of a ban in the United States out of fear that the app was surreptitiously collecting data on U.S. government employees and contractors to use in China’s cyber-activities against the United States. A vulnerability in TikTok, disclosed in January, could have allowed attackers to easily compile users’ phone numbers, unique user IDs and other data ripe for phishing attacks. Researchers in September disclosed four high-severity flaws in the Android version of TikTok that could have easily been exploited by a seemingly benign third-party Android app. On the privacy front, in August TikTok was found to be collecting unique identifiers from millions of Android devices without their users’ knowledge using a tactic previously prohibited by Google because it violated people’s privacy. “TikTok is walking the well-trodden path of other social media products that have access to huge swathes of personal information and have limited justifications other than the legitimate interests which is often cited as a response to GDPR but gets more complicated when the data doesn’t relate to adults,” Andrew Barratt, managing principal of Solutions and Investigations at Coalfire, told Threatpost. “Ultimately it would be beneficially to see regulators take a standards based approach to privacy rather than complex contractual and legal position,” he added. Source: Complaint Blasts TikTok’s ‘Misleading’ Privacy Policies
  6. Full-face hot-wax TikTok videos prompt warnings Viral videos of people having full-face "hot wax" treatments on TikTok have led to warnings from skin experts. They show softened resin covering subjects' face, mouth and neck - and partially penetrating their ears and nose - before being removed. A barber posting some of the most watched examples says it is beneficial. But the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) said: "Attempting to wax inside your nose or ears is not recommended." A UK-based skin specialist has also raised safety concerns about the risk of obstructed breathing. And one expert has suggested TikTok should add a warning. But it has indicated the videos are excluded from its community guidelines on dangerous behaviour because they show skilled professionals. 'World first' They have gained barbershop Kapsalon Freedom, in the Netherlands, a following more than 800,000 TikTok users. One of its first attempts, posted in November, attracted nearly 84 million views, after Dutch media reports. It left the bottom portion of the customer's face exposed. But a more recent example, with more than 19 million views, shows the wax resin coming down over a man's chin and on to his neck. Sections pulled out of his ears and nose are held up to the camera to show dozens of hairs poking out of the now hardened substance. In this case, the wax runs around but not over his mouth. But other clips show fully covered faces, with cotton swabs used to create air passages. One video with more than one million views shows this full-face mask being removed from a woman's face and neck Strips of paper are also used to protect eyelashes and eyebrows. Barber Renaz Ismael has said face-waxing is common in the Middle East, where he was born. But he has taken it to a new level. "I am the first person in the world who has done whole waxing," he told BBC News. "It's not bad for your skin." Smaller audiences Mr Ismael is now using the hashtag #viral to promote the clips. And some have been set to music. He has also posted examples on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. But they have attracted much smaller audiences. 'Cause suffocation' Alex Echeverri, who works at John and Ginger salon, in West Sussex, raised safety concerns about others attempting the process. "Our first consideration would be that it could cause suffocation," the beautician, who has more than two decades of experience in the industry, said. "There's no control element to smothering the face with wax. "And wax hardens. "So it could harden in the airways and have to be surgically removed." 'Pus-filled bumps' London-based Turkish barbershop Adam Grooming Atelier said: "To wax such a large area of delicate skin is very irresponsible." The BAD also raised concern the videos could lead to copycat incidents. "Social-media platforms have the ability of quickly spreading health and beauty trends," Dr Anjali Mahto said. "Waxing is a traumatic process for the skin, especially sensitive areas such as those found around the eyes. "These areas can become inflamed and irritated. "In some cases, tiny pimples or pus-filled bumps could develop as a result. "This is known as folliculitis." 'Potentially harmful' The British Skin Foundation also raised concern some of the clips showed the wax being used on what appear to be primary-school-age youngsters. "Personally I would not recommend treating children," consultant dermatologist Dr Emma Wedgeworth said. "It seems sensible to have a warning. "There is a lot of misinformation and potentially harmful DIY beauty practices on TikTok and other social-media channels. "And it would be good to see these more tightly regulated." Source: Full-face hot-wax TikTok videos prompt warnings
  7. TikTok fixes flaws allowing theft of private user information Image: Christoph Scholz ByteDance, the tech firm behind TikTok, has fixed a security vulnerability in the video-sharing social networking service which could have allowed attackers to steal users' private personal information. TikTok has servers in the countries where its iOS and Android apps operate and it is used for sharing short-form looping mobile videos of 3 to 60 seconds. The platform's Android app has more than 1 billion installs according to Google Play Store stats and it has also crossed 2 billion downloads on all mobile platforms in April 2020 according to Sensor Tower Store Intelligence stats. Private user data exposed to data theft The security vulnerability found by Check Point researchers in TikTok's 'Find Friends' allowed attackers to bypass the platform's privacy protections enabling them to gain access to users' private personal information including but not limited to phone numbers and user IDs. "Profile details that were accessible via the vulnerability include phone number, nickname, profile and avatar pictures, unique user IDs, as well as certain profile settings, such as whether a user is a follower or if user’s profile is hidden," Check Point says. The user information exfiltrated and collected in attacks that would have exploited this TikTok vulnerability could later be used for launching spearphishing attacks and for other types of malicious activity. To exploit this bug and bypass TikTok's privacy defenses, attackers would have to: Create a list of devices (device IDs) that will be used for querying TikTok's servers. Create a list of session tokens (each session token is valid for 60 days) that will be used for querying TikTok's servers. Bypass TikTok's HTTP message signing mechanism using their own signing service, executed in the background. Chain it all together by modifying HTTP requests, resign them and use various session tokens and device IDs to bypass TikTok's protection mechanisms. In-depth information on how the vulnerability could be exploited to steal TikTok users' private info is available in Check Point's report shared with BleepingComputer in advance. Vulnerability now fixed ByteDance addressed the TikTok vulnerability following Check Point's responsible disclosure, blocking future attempts of circumventing the platform's privacy safeguards and stealing users' private data. "An attacker with that degree of sensitive information could perform a range of malicious activities, such as spear phishing or other criminal actions," Oded Vanunu, Head of Products Vulnerabilities Research said. "Our message to TikTok users is to share the bare minimum when it comes to your personal data." "The security and privacy of the TikTok community is our highest priority, and we appreciate the work of trusted partners like Check Point in identifying potential issues so that we can resolve them before they affect users," a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement. "We continue to strengthen our defenses, both by constantly upgrading our internal capabilities such as investing in automation defenses, and also by working with third parties." Previously patched vulnerabilities In January 2020, TikTok addressed another batch of security vulnerabilities in its infrastructure disclosed by Check Point researchers in late November 2019 and allowing attackers to hijack accounts, manipulate users' videos, and steal their info. To exploit those vulnerabilities, attackers could abuse TikTok's SMS system which made it possible to delete videos, make users' private videos public, and steal their sensitive personal data. TikTok also fixed two security bugs in November 2020 that could have enabled hackers to take over the accounts of users who signed-up via third-party apps with a single click. In April 2020, TikTok has launched a private bug bounty program and a HackerOne Bug Bounty Program in October 2020 encouraging security researchers to responsibly disclose any security bugs they find in TikTok's mobile and web apps. Source: TikTok fixes flaws allowing theft of private user information
  8. Judge Carl Nichols (D.D.C) has delayed the ban. TikTok's ban has been temporarily delayed. Judge Carl Nichols (D.D.C) has granted TikTok's request for a preliminary injunction, delaying a planned ban on new downloads of the app, that was supposed to take place starting Sunday at 11.59 ET. The US Justice Department had until Friday to either delay the ban or file legal papers defending it. The DOJ filed a sealed opposition to TikTok's preliminary injunction to block the ban of the video app, but the Judge Carl Nichols has ruled in TikTok's favor. "We're pleased that the court agreed with our legal arguments and issued an injunction preventing the implementation of the TikTok app ban," TikTok said, in a statement sent to CNET. "We will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees. At the same time, we will also maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the President gave his preliminary approval to last weekend, into an agreement." In August President Trump signed an executive order banning "any transaction by any person" with Bytedance, citing national security concerns. A separate executive order, issued Aug. 14, ordered ByteDance to sell its US operations by Nov. 12, leading to a potential deal with Oracle, which is currently up in the air. The order to ban new downloads of TikTok had initially been issued on September 18 by the Commerce Department, and was scheduled to take place September 20. That ban was delayed until September 27 when a potential deal between Oracle and TikTok was initially announced. This successful request for a preliminary injunction delays any potential bans further. Lawyers for TikTok had argued that removing the app in the lead-up to an election, in the midst of a pandemic, would infringe on the rights of US citizens to broadcast their views. It would be "no different from the government locking the doors to a public forum," explained John Hall, a lawyer for TikTok. He called the decision to ban new downloads "arbitrary and capricious." A statement from the US Department of Commerce stated the Government would "comply with the injunction and has taken immediate steps to do so, but intends to vigorously defend the E.O. and the Secretary's implementation efforts from legal challenges." Source
  9. YouTube starts rolling out its TikTok competitor, YouTube Shorts The feature will roll out in India first Just like Instagram did with Reels, YouTube is rolling out a new short-form video creator called YouTube Shorts that the company hopes will take some attention away from TikTok. Reports of YouTube’s short-form video creator tool came out several months ago, but now the company is launching an early beta beginning in India. Similar to TikTok, Shorts will let people make 15-second videos which can be set to music. Music is available via an “in-product music picker feature,” a YouTube spokesperson told The Verge. The picker “currently has 100,000s of tracks, and we’re working with music artists, labels and publishers to make more of their content available to continue expanding our catalog.” These videos will appear on the homepage in a row dedicated to Shorts, the company announced in a blog post today. An example of how Shorts will appear can be seen below. YouTube is going to try to get as many people as possible to use its new Shorts feature, and that includes new “create” icon spots that will appear prominently in the app. The “create” icon rolled out with the Shorts beta on Android, with plans to bring the icon to iOS devices soon. There is currently no estimate for when Shorts may appear in other countries, including the United States, the YouTube spokesperson said. One factor YouTube’s announcement post tries to highlight for creators is the opportunity YouTube provides. The site has more than 2 billion monthly users, noting “we want to enable the next generation of mobile creators to also grow a community on YouTube with Shorts.” “We actually have introduced stories on YouTube and we’ve actually seen our creators really engage with the stories,” CEO Susan Wojcicki told NBC News’ Dylan Byers on an episode of his podcast. “That would be an example of really short-form content. So we will definitely continue to innovate in all the different format sizes, including really short-form video.” Instagram’s team seemed to have similar goals in mind with its TikTok clone, Reels, but the immediate response to the feature hasn’t been super positive. Anecdotally, many of the videos that appear in Reels (from non-partnered influencers and brands) I see are straight re-uploads of other TikTok videos. But, arguably, Instagram was never a video entertainment-first platform; YouTube is. The company is hoping that considering people already come to YouTube for short video entertainment, Shorts will be another way to keep people on the site longer and get both existing and new creators to continue uploading. YouTube starts rolling out its TikTok competitor, YouTube Shorts
  10. Oracle’s TikTok deal accomplishes nothing Adding a ‘trusted tech partner’ only addresses a sliver of the national security concerns Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images On Sunday night — just two days before the deadline set by Microsoft — the TikTok deal finally came through. Oracle will be taking over stewardship of TikTok’s US operations, after Chinese parent company ByteDance turned down a more ambitious bid from Microsoft. This morning, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed the deal and said it would be presented to President Trump with a recommendation later this week. But barring a complete catastrophe, TikTok will keep operating in the US. However weird the details are, TikTok’s 1,400 US employees and tens of millions of US users are breathing a sigh of relief this morning. But the last-minute sale is strange in a number of ways — for a start, it’s not a sale at all. After months of insistence that TikTok sever its US operations from Chinese ownership, we’re now settling for a vague partnership between Oracle and the US TikTok operation. It’s still unclear exactly what Oracle’s “trusted tech partner” status entails, but it’s definitively not a sale, and it’s unlikely Oracle is taking over any significant operations from the US TikTok offices. Microsoft’s version of the deal would have severed American TikTok from Europe and Asia entirely, but Oracle’s version of the deal leaves it mostly intact. US TikTok will stay the same as Korean TikTok and Nigerian TikTok; it’s just getting an extra babysitter. That makes it less of a sale and more of a glorified hosting deal. It lets Trump say he’s solved the problem but doesn’t do much else. Microsoft underlined this point in its official statement announcing it had not been chosen. “We would have made significant changes to ensure the service met the highest standards for security, privacy, online safety, and combatting misinformation,” the company said in its statement. “We look forward to seeing how the service evolves in these important areas.” The implicit message is clear: we wanted to change TikTok to actually make it safe, and ByteDance said no. There’s no indication that Oracle’s partnership makes those changes, which makes the whole deal seem suspect. “A deal where Oracle takes over hosting without source code and significant operational changes would not address any of the legitimate concerns about TikTok,” former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos said on Twitter, “and the White House accepting such a deal would demonstrate that this exercise was pure grift.” Having Oracle take over TikTok’s US hosting only addresses a sliver of the problem. It means China can’t directly siphon user data — but it probably couldn’t have before, given the app’s US headquarters. Oracle’s trusted partner status could include some code audits, but as long as the company isn’t writing the code, it will be hard to stop ByteDance from smuggling in some tracking malware if it wants to. Oracle won’t be rewriting the TikTok algorithm or handling moderation, so it will be just as easy for ByteDance to push Chinese propaganda or censor embarrassing messages. Oracle will be a contractor rather than a subsidiary, but it’s not clear that will make them any less vulnerable to pressure or subterfuge. If you were concerned about TikTok before, there’s no obvious reason you should be less concerned now. The clear winner is Oracle, which will presumably get paid handsomely by TikTok for its trust-partnering services and for making this whole nightmare go away. An infrastructure and cloud software business, Oracle has usually been out-muscled by larger players like Microsoft and Amazon. At the same time, Oracle co-founder and chairman Larry Ellison has been an outspoken Trump supporter within Silicon Valley, hosting a fundraiser for the president at his Palm Springs compound in February, and telling Forbes in April, “I support him and I want him to do well.” Given the president’s track record, it will be hard to dismiss the concern that he’s steered a cushy contract to a political ally instead of taking the national security concerns seriously. The initial prospect of a US-focused buyout had grown more difficult in the past week after China placed export controls on algorithms like the one that powers TikTok’s For You page. Recent reports suggested ByteDance simply wasn’t interested in a sale and would prefer to have the app shut down than have the US portions cleaved off and sold. It’s hard to know if that was a real position or just a negotiating tactic, but the result is the same: China was calling Trump’s bluff. A different leader might have pushed harder for a full sale or found some compromise that addressed more of the national security concerns — but finding that the drama had turned against him, it seems like Trump simply folded his hand and moved on. It’s an anticlimactic end, but things could be worse. TikTok faced the real risk of being shut down in the US, which seems unlikely to happen now. The Treasury Department was prepared to block US transactions to ByteDance starting on September 20th (that is, next Sunday). And absent some kind of compromise, TikTok could have easily become collateral damage in Trump’s feud with China. That would have been a gross abuse of power, as I wrote last month, and it’s good we avoided it. But every time someone calls your bluff and wins, it gets a little harder to play the game. We’re still in the early days of a long fight over Chinese technology — how much we can trust it and how much we can afford not to. That fight is bigger than TikTok or Trump. Because of the TikTok fiasco, it will be harder to take a future president seriously when they raise the alarm about a piece of network hardware or a tracking cookie leaking data back across the great firewall. In this game, America’s strength is its credibility and its ability to influence allies. Both of those have taken a clear hit from the Oracle deal. Trump himself stepped away with only a minor loss — but like so many of his deals, he was playing with someone else’s money. Oracle’s TikTok deal accomplishes nothing
  11. Oracle reportedly wins deal for TikTok’s US operations as ‘trusted tech partner’ Deal comes an hour after Microsoft’s failed attempt Photo by Joan Cros/NurPhoto via Getty Images Oracle has reportedly won a deal to manage TikTok’s US cloud operations. Oracle had been rumored to be part of the bidding process to acquire TikTok, but The Wall Street Journal reports that the company has been selected as a “trusted tech partner” instead. This is different from an outright sale, and appears to suggest Oracle will be helping run TikTok’s US operations with its own cloud technologies. News of an Oracle deal comes just an hour after Microsoft revealed it was no longer acquiring TikTok after its bid was rejected by TikTok owner ByteDance. Microsoft had been pursuing a deal to buy TikTok’s operations in the US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It’s clear talks have swayed away from a full acquisition, with Oracle reportedly winning the bid to be a technology partner instead. President Trump signed an executive order August 6th blocking all transactions with ByteDance, and the order demanded an American company purchase TikTok’s US business. The EO was intended to take effect within 45 days, but the president signed a follow-up order giving ByteDance 90 days to sell or spin off TikTok in the US. That order was a result of an investigation of the company by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), which oversees foreign acquisitions of US companies for any potential security risks. Oracle has a history of collaboration with the US government, making its partnership with TikTok a strategic move amid the growing undercurrent of Chinese opposition running through the White House and Congress. Oracle reportedly wins deal for TikTok’s US operations as ‘trusted tech partner’
  12. The US Commerce Department has issued a new order to block people in the US from downloading the popular video-sharing app TikTok as of September 20th, Reuters first reported Friday. The full order was published by the Department of Commerce on Friday morning. “Any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd,” the order reads, “shall be prohibited to the extent permitted under applicable law.” It is set to take effect on September 20th. Over the last few weeks, TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, has been engaged in talks with US companies like Microsoft and Oracle to create a new company, TikTok Global, that would meet the Trump administration’s concerns over user data security. Earlier this month, President Trump sparked negotiations after calling for US TikTok operations to be shut down unless sold to a US company by September 15th. Microsoft has dropped out of the bidding, leaving Oracle and Walmart as the leading candidates to hold stake in the new TikTok company. Still, the administration has yet to strike a deal that meets all of its requirements. Officials told Reuters that a Commerce Department rule banning US downloads of TikTok and other Chinese-owned apps like the messaging platform WeChat could be issued as early as Friday. That rule would reportedly go into effect Sunday, September 20th, banning new downloads of both WeChat and TikTok. “We’ve already committed to unprecedented levels of additional transparency and accountability well beyond what other apps are willing to do, including third-party audits, verification of code security, and US government oversight of US data security,” TikTok said in a statement Friday. “We will continue to challenge the executive order, which was enacted without due process and threatens to deprive American people and small businesses across the US of a significant platform for both a voice and livelihoods.” Reuters said that the administration’s ban would bar Apple and Google from offering any of these Chinese-owned apps in their app stores for US users. The tech companies would still be allowed to offer TikTok to users outside of the US. US-based companies would not be barred from conducting business with the Chinese-owned apps, like how Walmart and Starbucks allow users to make transactions through WeChat. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Reuters Friday, “We have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.” Apple and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Verge. Source
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  14. President Donald Trump said he might rescind his tentative blessing for a deal between Oracle Corp. and ByteDance to create a new U.S.-based TikTok service, casting doubt on the agreement as Chinese state media signaled reluctance in Beijing. Speaking in an interview on Fox News on Monday, Trump said he wouldn’t approve the deal if the Chinese company retains control of TikTok. However, he also indicated that he expected Chinese influence to be diluted by a future public offering of the new company. “They will have nothing to do with it, and if they do, we just won’t make the deal,” Trump said, referring to ByteDance, which owns TikTok. “It’s going to be controlled, totally controlled by Oracle, and I guess they’re going public and they’re buying out the rest of it -- they’re buying out a lot, and if we find that they don’t have total control then we’re not going to approve the deal.” Shortly after Trump’s comments, Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the China state-affiliated Global Times, tweeted that Beijing would likely reject the deal “because the agreement would endanger China’s national security, interests and dignity.” The Global Times is a tabloid run by the People’s Daily -- the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party. Hu’s tweets are closely watched after accurately forecasting previous moves by China’s government, though his statements at times don’t reflect official policy. ByteDance was pressured into a deal for TikTok in August, when Trump threatened to ban the app in the U.S. over national security concerns about the service’s data gathering. After Microsoft Corp. made a proposal for a full buyout, ByteDance instead turned to Oracle’s offering, in which the Chinese parent will maintain a solid majority stake. ByteDance may end up owning as much as 80% of TikTok Global, which would include the app’s operations in the U.S. and the rest of the world excluding China. On Friday, Trump said that he had approved of the deal with Oracle and WalMart Inc. “in concept.” Under the current proposal, there will be five seats on the board of TikTok Global. Walmart Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon will become a director, the retailer said in a statement. TikTok Global will likely be headquartered in Texas and will hire “at least” 25,000 people, Trump said. The valuation for TikTok has been a looming question in the wake of Washington and Beijing clashing over the negotiations. The company will seek a valuation of $60 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. TikTok Global intends to hold an initial public offering within 12 months, Oracle and Walmart said. Oracle will get full access to review TikTok’s source code and updates to make sure there are no back doors used by the company’s Chinese parent to gather data or to spy on the video-sharing app’s 100 million American users, according to people familiar with the matter. The U.S. software giant has given reassurances it can protect TikTok user data from foreign influence. Source
  15. US President Donald Trump says he's approved the agreement "in concept," according to a report. The deal would create a company called TikTok Global, and China's government would also need to sign off. President Donald Trump said Saturday that he has OK'd "in concept" a deal for Oracle to acquire the US operations of popular video app TikTok, says a Bloomberg report. Trump had earlier cited national security concerns in issuing a pair of executive orders that say TikTok will be banned in the states unless such a deal goes through. A ban on US downloads of the app is set to go into effect Sunday. The Trump administration has said it's concerned about the TikTok app because the app collects data on its US users and TikTok's parent company, ByteDance -- a Chinese firm -- could be compelled by China's communist government to share that information. TikTok has repeatedly said such concerns are baseless. On his way to a campaign rally in North Carolina, Trump told reporters that he had given the TikTok-Oracle deal "my blessing," Bloomberg reported. For the deal to be finalized, China's government would have to sign off on it, the news outlet noted, adding that Chinese officials have indicated that the government is willing to approve an agreement, so long as ByteDance doesn't have to give up the artificial intelligence algorithms behind the TikTok app. The agreement has Bytedance retaining a majority of TikTok's assets and control over the app's algorithm, and Oracle and other US investors taking minority stakes, Bloomberg said. "Oracle will get full access to review TikTok's source code and updates to make sure there are no back doors used by the company's Chinese parent to gather data or to spy on the video-sharing app's 100 million American users," Bloomberg reported, citing information from unnamed sources. On Friday, Trump told Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison that he still expects the US government to get a cash payment as part of the sale, Bloomberg reported, adding that it's unclear how that would come about. A TikTok spokesperson said in a statement that TikTok is pleased the deal "will resolve the security concerns of the US Administration and settle questions around TikTok's future in the US." "As part of this proposal, Oracle will become our trusted technology provider, responsible for hosting all US user data and securing associated computer systems to ensure US national security requirements are fully satisfied," the spokesperson said. "We are currently working with Walmart on a commercial partnership as well. Both companies will take part in a TikTok Global pre-IPO financing round in which they can take up to a 20% cumulative stake in the company. We will also maintain and expand TikTok Global's headquarters in the US, while bringing 25,000 jobs across the country." Oracle CEO Safra Catz said in a statement that Oracle "will quickly deploy, rapidly scale, and operate TikTok systems in the Oracle Cloud. We are a hundred percent confident in our ability to deliver a highly secure environment to TikTok and ensure data privacy to TikTok's American users, and users throughout the world. This greatly improved security and guaranteed privacy will enable the continued rapid growth of the TikTok user community to benefit all stakeholders." The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Source
  16. Microsoft's acquisition of TikTok could be announced in the next couple of days [Update] Earlier today, it was reported that Kevin Mayer was stepping down from his role as CEO of short-form video platform TikTok in the midst of the conflict between it and the U.S. government. Now, a report from Julia Boorstin of CNBC claims that the reason Mayer chose to step down is that he was excluded from the negotiations to complete the sale of TikTok to an American company. Further, Boorstin's sources claim that Mayer's exit indicated that the acquisition deal could happen in the next couple of days, and that the buyer would likely be Microsoft. The Redmond company has been indicated as the most likely to go ahead with an acquisition of TikTok, and the company's share prices spiked 3% following the report. However, TikTok has yet to make a final decision on a buyer, and Oracle is still in the running for the acquisition. At one point, Walmart seemingly tried to partner with SoftBank to make an offer for TikTok, but conversations fell through since the companies didn't have a "technology backbone partner", according to CNBC. Regardless of who ends up buying TikTok, the report indicates that the transaction will be valued between $20 and $30 billion, though a specific number hasn't been decided yet. We'll have to wait for a formal announcement in the coming days. Update: In a follow-up report, Walmart has told CNBC that it's now teaming up with Microsoft for the TikTok acquisition. The retailer believes TikTok could help it reach more customers but also grow its advertising business. It's still unconfirmed who TikTok is being sold to, however. Microsoft's acquisition of TikTok could be announced in the next couple of days [Update]
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    Pakistan Bans TikTok

    Pakistan has banned popular short video app TikTok in the nation, citing circulation of videos that it deemed “immoral and indecent.” The move comes months after the South Asian country raised serious concerns about the nature of some videos on ByteDance’s app and the impact they posed on society. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, the country’s telecommunication authority, said in a statement Friday evening that despite the warnings and months-long time, TikTok “failed to comply with the instructions, therefore, directions were issued for blocking of TikTok application in the country.” The authority had received a “number of complaints from different segments of the society” over the videos, it said. Some individuals in Pakistan, a nation with about 75 million internet users, told TechCrunch that the TikTok app and its website were already inaccessible to them. “TikTok has been informed that the authority is open for engagement and will review its decision subject to a satisfactory mechanism by TikTok to moderate unlawful content,” said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority in a statement. The move from Pakistan comes months after its neighboring nation, India, banned TikTok, Bigo and 57 other apps developed by Chinese firms over cybersecurity concerns. Prior to the ban, TikTok identified India — where it had amassed over 200 million monthly active users — as its biggest market outside of China. Like in India, TikTok is also immensely popular in Pakistan, said Danish Khalid, an executive at Bykea, a Karachi-headquartered ride-hailing startup. And then there is the U.S., the biggest market by revenue for TikTok, where also the app’s future remains uncertain. Source
  19. Bill Gates calls Microsoft’s TikTok deal a poisoned chalice Microsoft’s complicated deal even has Gates wary Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has described the company’s potential TikTok deal as a poisoned chalice. In a wide-ranging interview with Wired, Gates makes it clear that Microsoft acquiring parts of TikTok won’t be easy or simple. “Who knows what’s going to happen with that deal,” says Gates. “But yes, it’s a poison[ed] chalice.” He also notes that being a big player in the social media business “is no simple game,” as Microsoft will have to contend with a whole new level of content moderation. Asked if Gates is wary of Microsoft getting into the social media game, he suggests that Facebook having some more competition is “probably a good thing” but that “having Trump kill off the only competitor, it’s pretty bizarre.” Gates seems as confused as the rest of us about how this potential TikTok deal is proceeding, especially with President Trump suggesting the US Treasury will need some type of cut from any acquisition. “I agree that the principle this is proceeding on is singly strange,” says Gates. “The cut thing, that’s doubly strange. Anyway, Microsoft will have to deal with all of that.” Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Photo by Ryan Manning / The Verge Gates’ comments come just days after Microsoft confirmed it was pursuing a deal to buy TikTok’s operations in the US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Reports have also suggested Microsoft might be considering buying all of TikTok’s global operations, with the Financial Times suggesting talks around this particular deal are at the “preliminary” stage. President Trump also claimed last week that he was a day away from banning TikTok in the US, before later setting a deadline of September 15th for Microsoft to conclude its potential acquisition and avoid TikTok being banned. It’s a complicated deal that would give Microsoft a big presence in the social networking space at the risk of being part of a larger trade war between the US and China. Gates is clearly wary of the acquisition, but we’re about a month away from seeing if it becomes a reality. Bill Gates calls Microsoft’s TikTok deal a poisoned chalice
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  21. Oracle is reportedly in talks to buy TikTok’s US business Microsoft may have a competitor Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Oracle has expressed an interest in acquiring TikTok, according to the Financial Times, giving Microsoft a potential competitor in its bid to control the Chinese social video app in the US. Larry Ellison’s enterprise software giant has reportedly held preliminary talks with TikTok’s parent company ByteDance already, working with venture capital firms including General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital, and is “seriously considering” acquiring its business in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. President Trump issued an executive order on Friday ordering ByteDance to sell its US business within 90 days. The FT notes that Oracle’s billionaire co-founder Ellison is one of the few US tech executives who has been openly supportive of Trump, though it’s not clear whether Oracle would be the White House’s preferred suitor for TikTok. A deal to buy part of TikTok would be legally fraught and technically complex. Until now, Microsoft has been considered the frontrunner in the efforts to find an American buyer. The FT corroborates earlier reporting from The Wall Street Journal that said Twitter had also expressed an early interest, but there are said to have been “serious concerns” about its financial capacity for the deal. While ByteDance hasn’t named a price publicly, TikTok’s success propelled it to become the world’s most valuable startup in 2018. Oracle is reportedly in talks to buy TikTok’s US business
  22. NEW DELHI: The government has banned 59 Chinese applications including top social media platforms such as TikTok, Helo and WeChat in order to counter the privacy security posed by these applications. The move came amid tension with China following the June 15 clashes at Ladakh in which 20 Indian soldiers died in action and more than 70 were injured. ShareIT, UC browser and shopping app Clubfactory are among the other prominent apps which have been banned. The government has argued that the applications are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order. The government has banned these invoking its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009, it said in a statement. A top official said that the government has considered all the aspects before taking the decision. “These apps have been there for a long time, and there are some privacy and security issues with them including risks of data going out of the country,” said the person who did not wish to be identified. The statement from the ministry of electronics and IT (MEITY) said that it has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India. “The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” it said “There have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians. It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of our country,” the statement added. Experts suggested that the ban on apps is a major blow to China's Digital Silk Route ambitions, eroding millions of dollars from valuation of its companies. This could also lead to more countries following India's path in acting against these Apps. "The Modi government shows its tremendous resolve and dexterity of engaging China on multiple fronts and hitting China where it hurts the most," said a party source. "This is India's first salvo to China after the border clashes, showing that India has a diverse range of retaliatory options," he added. Here is the full list of apps that have been banned: Read More: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/india-bans-59-chinese-apps-including-tiktok-helo-wechat/articleshow/76694814.cms https://www.ndtv.com/video/news/news/tiktok-stop-59-chinese-apps-banned-by-india-553123 https://indianexpress.com/article/india/china-apps-banned-in-india-6482079/
  23. TikTok pulls out of Hong Kong due to new security law Pompeo says US ‘certainly looking at’ banning TikTok Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge TikTok says it will stop offering its social video app in Hong Kong after the region adopted a new national security law granting expanded powers to the mainland Chinese government. “In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” a spokesperson tells Axios. Global tech companies operating in Hong Kong have expressed concern that the new law could force them to comply with China’s draconian censorship standards and possibly send user data to the mainland. Google, Facebook, and Twitter have already stopped processing requests for user data from the Hong Kong government. TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a major Chinese internet company. But it has been at pains to differentiate the Western app from its parent and Douyin, the Chinese version of the platform. While TikTok has long argued that it never shares data with the Chinese government, the new Hong Kong law would likely have undermined the company’s case if it continued to operate in the region. TikTok continues to face scrutiny in the US and beyond. Tonight, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox that the government is “certainly looking at” banning TikTok and various other Chinese social media apps. TikTok was also banned in India last week alongside dozens of other Chinese apps amid increased tensions between the countries. TikTok pulls out of Hong Kong due to new security law
  24. Did anyone actually want this? The beauty of TikToks is that they're (usually) never long enough to overstay their welcome, but a new report suggests the company behind the app is mulling a big change. Per a tweet shared by social media consultant (and former Next Web journalist) Matt Navarra, TikTok is beginning to offer some users the ability to upload videos as long as three minutes, up from the app's classic 60-second limit. The language used in Navarra's image makes clear this change is still in the "early access" phase, so most users won't notice a difference unless they stumble upon a longer-than-usual video. That said, this slow rollout seems to have been happening for a few weeks, and a handful of users were quick to chronicle their discoveries on Twitter. So far, the near-universal reaction largely boils down to: "WTF?" someone made a 3 minute tiktok but.. it was just flamingos merch ad 😭 — cal(mas) ☃️ (@helllajeff) November 30, 2020 Saw my first 3 minute tiktok. Wtf is happening — mags 🤙🏽 (@okaymagsss) November 25, 2020 I JUST EATCHED A 3 MINUTE TIKTOK . WHST — leah & charlie (@leahandhubby) November 26, 2020 DOES TIKTOK HAVE 3 MINUTE LONG VIDEOS NOW ??? — Cas ⚡️ (@CHARGEBOLTZ) November 24, 2020 This sort of reaction is about what you’d expect. After all, the heart of the TikTok experience has been feeding users a stream of binge-able, algorithmically curated content — the kind that doesn’t last long temporally but sticks with you for a while anyway. It’s also worth noting that TikTok stars itching to grow their followings haven’t just embraced the app’s video length limits; they’ve pioneered new on-screen tropes and conventions to make the most of those 60 seconds. In doing so — and like it or not — those creators helped shape a new generation of visual communication. By upping the time limit to three minutes, TikTok is giving its fans more space to create — but there are also plenty of risks involved. This change, for instance, may dilute some of the punchiness that made the app so successful. We’ve already seen one company waste hundreds of millions of dollars developing content that’s longer than TikTok’s but (generally) shorter than YouTube’s. (Quibi, we hardly knew you.) As some of these tweets suggest, the change is also at least initially somewhat jarring. Presumably, TikTok’s cautious rollout is designed in part to ease people into seeing longer videos, though whether people will watch them is a slightly different story. The most common joke about TikTok is that it ruins people’s attention spans, so it remains to be seen how the company’s hundreds of millions of monthly active users, all of whom have been trained to digest very short videos, will react to a change like this as a whole. If the company’s cautious rollout continues like this, it may be a while before we find out. We've reached out to TikTok for comment, and will update this story if they respond. Source
  25. An oncology nurse in Oregon has been placed on administrative leave after posting a video on social media showing disregard for COVID-19 restrictions. In the video, uploaded Friday to TikTok, the nurse, identified by Salem Health hospital officials as Ashley Grames, says she doesn't wear a mask in public outside of work, continues to travel and allows her children to have playdates. Grames' original post, on her account @loveiskind05, has been taken down, but a "duet" recorded by another user includes the original footage. The video shows the nurse mocking her coworkers' response to her lack of COVID-19 precautions through a lip-dub of Dr. Seuss's The Grinch from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." User @loveiskind05's account has been deleted from TikTok. The video sparked controversy and swift outcry in the community. Marion County has had among the highest number of cases in Oregon, and Salem Hospital has been on the Oregon Health Authority's list of workplaces with the highest number of employee-related cases since May. According to the state's latest weekly report, Salem Hospital has the highest employee-related count of any hospital in the state. Salem Health officials addressed the video on Facebook, calling it a "cavalier disregard for the seriousness of the pandemic." They thanked community members who brought the video to their attention. "This one careless statement does not reflect the position of Salem Health or the hardworking and dedicated caregivers who work here," officials said. Hospital staff has strict masking, social distancing, screening and infectious disease protocols in place, officials said. "These policies are strictly enforced among staff from the moment they leave their cars at work to the moment they start driving home." An investigation is pending while Grames is on leave. There are more than 800 comments on Salem Health's post — most scolding the nurse's actions, many calling for her to be fired and her license to be revoked. One comment read: "She is putting her patients at risk- CANCER patients. Unacceptable behavior. Firing her is the only acceptable response. People could lose their lives/their loved ones because of her carelessness. I hope you value your patients enough to rid your environment of those who don’t care for their safety. Some applauded the hospital's response. "I know everyone is upset and wants her fired, but be patient," one individual wrote. "Salem Health is following protocol and going to investigate the matter...as they should. While we want justice quickly and swiftly, we all do have to remember that justice often requires patience. At least she’s not working while the administration completes its investigation." Multiple community members took to the hospital's Facebook to write negative reviews. One person wrote: "Ashley Grames should have her nursing license revoked for bragging about not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing while being an oncology nurse — exposing some of the most immunocompromised people is absolutely disgusting and embarrassing behavior for a medical professional." "Who would ever go to a Hospital where their nurses don't understand basic public health protocols?" another reviewer wrote. "If your staff doesn't 'believe' in science how can you be a medical facility. Wonder how dirty this place is." Source
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