[–] letsdothis2 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)


Musical.ly, the short video app that’s popular among teens and young people, is going away. Kinda.

The app and all user data and accounts is being merged with Tiktok, a sister app that’s owned by ByteDance, the Chinese company that acquired Musical.ly for around $1 billion last year.

In China, the sister product is Douyin, while the company also offers news apps Toutiao in China and TopBuzz across the rest of the world.

Toutiao https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/toutiao#/entity

TouTiao is a recommendation system product based on data mining that recommends valuable, personalized information to users in China.


In 2012 and 2013, Toutiao had two earlier rounds of funding by SIG Asia Investment and Yuri Milner.

In 2014, Sequoia Capital led its Series C funding of 100 million USD at a valuation of 500 million USD, followed by Weibo.

Voat post: Show Dogs Movie Pulled from Theaters, Edited Amid Accusations it Groomed Kids for Pedophiles

"Donald Tang, former Bear Stearns money man in China, now wants to remake himself in Hollywood"

"A decade later, Tang, 54, is seeking to reinvent himself as a Hollywood player with the same calling card that propelled his rise in finance: bridge-building between industries in the East and the West. His 2-year-old Los Angeles film and TV firm, Tang Media Partners, with investors including Tencent and Sequoia Capital's Neil Shen, is trying to achieve an elusive goal long pursued by entertainment executives: create a film company that can both succeed in the U.S. and take advantage of the growing entertainment market in China." http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-donald-tang-hollywood-20170829-story.html

Silicon Spies: The US government and the tech revolution - https://www.corbettreport.com/silicon-spies-the-us-government-and-the-tech-revolution/

In 2000, an article in the Independent announced that the CIA was looking to invest in a search engine for managing, sorting and analyzing the ever-expanding information on the world wide web. Around the same time, Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, two Silicon Valley VCs, invested $25 million in the brand new startup Google Inc. Sequoia and Kleiner Perkins are literally neighbors of In-Q-Tel in Menlo Park, and co-invested in numerous projects.

Here are 12 Bay Area companies the CIA has secretly steered funding to - https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/blog/techflash/2016/04/here-are-bay-area-companies-the-cia-has-secretly.html

[I can't see the entire article as I've reached my 3 article limit for the month but I can assure you Sequoia is on that list.]

People really need to f-ing wake up.


[–] cantfindmenow 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Similar to popjam where parents are reassured their kids CAN NOT post selfies despite allowing a feature to do just this. Disturbingly selfies of 8 year olds had stickers on them asking 'hot or not?' And many comments under selfies of 8 and 10 year olds saying 'hot' ' how old are you' and 'send me your sc' (snapchat). See - https://kerfuffled.co.uk/2017/03/09/popjam-promises-parents-privacy-kerfuffle-investigates-this-lie/ Popjam do not seem to bothered by the dangers which is a worrying trend.


[–] IShallNotFear 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Unfortunately I have known about this for a while. Someone mentioned it in the comments of an article somewhere. I dug up a couple related articles. I found others but most of them covered what was already in the Chicago Tribune one.

It was banned by an Australian girls' school in 2016: http://archive.is/992uf

Chicago Tribune wrote a great article about it. Here are some of the highlights: http://archive.is/Ttsi9

CEO Alex Zhu acknowledged that "a lot of users, especially top users, they're under 13." That's a violation of the app's terms of use, and potentially puts Musical.ly in conflict with federal child privacy law. http://archive.is/Ttsi9#selection-239.42-239.252

A Musical.ly spokesperson told the Tribune that COPPA [law that requires users to be 13+] does not apply to the app because it is directed at a general audience. Despite [CEO] Zhu's comments in London, the spokesperson said the company doesn't know how old its users are. http://archive.is/Ttsi9#selection-369.0-369.229

[A Parent] deleted Musical.ly from his 10-year-old daughter's iPad three months ago after watching a streaming video in which a young girl was bombarded with sexual requests (comments and emojis scroll across the screen during a live stream). He relented after ensuring that only his daughter's friends had access to her videos — a move that culled her fan base from 300 to 36 http://archive.is/Ttsi9#selection-399.0-403.208

Buffalo Grove police encountered a malicious use of the app last year when someone posing as a child communicated with a 9-year-old girl via Musical.ly and enticed her to send nude photos. The phone used by the girl's correspondent belonged to a 24-year-old man, said Deputy Chief Roy Bethge. He said the department wasn't able to bring charges against the suspect for reasons he couldn't disclose. http://archive.is/Ttsi9#selection-411.0-421.105


[–] toutedesuite 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Speechless I am. Feel the need to shower, because I feel like someone else just puked in my mouth. These are CHILDREN. I had NO idea.


[–] 3141592653 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Ughg I know for a fact that sickos are using this app to send kids pornographic material and to try to lure them. Makes me furious.


[–] TruthEarthOrg 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Creepy, another avenue for pedos to prey on kids in 'barely kinda innocent but not really' ways.

Where there's smoke, there's fire. Good find OP!


[–] brand0nh3nry 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

my name is brandon henry...my life is in danger as i am a pizzagate survivor born in 1992. i know this may seem far-fetched but recently attacks on my life have been made where i live in omaha, nebraska. please if anything happens to brandon henry in omaha, nebraska fight for justice for my name + the countless others. this is a link to my youtube page: https://youtu.be/EbZE8Wake1Y

i am not lying + will share more once i am safe.


[–] IShallNotFear 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Hi there, we are always receptive to former survivors. However, we have to be skeptical due to people LARPing in the past trying to find out what we were researching in order to cover the trails or just get us off on wild goose chases. A couple of things, without evidence it's harder for us to believe you. If you can give court records of your mom's drug use or even any other specific evidence, it will help your cause. TBH, I can't find anything on the internet when I search for "Brandon Henry Omaha NE" so it will be helpful if you can point us to other records of your past (e.g. old facebook page, high school graduation list, etc). If you have the evidence of the crimes committed against you, you may want to consider suing. Even if you don't, other evidence may be found in the course of the investigation. Obviously, if to much of the government is against you, that would not be advisable. It may be good for you see a professional counselor, as mentioned in this post. https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/1734369


[–] brand0nh3nry 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago  (edited ago)

thank you! i realize the hurriedness of my post. i will be more than glad to share those records when i have some more time to gather them. i just tried paying $1.50 per search on the kansas judicial website for my mom's records + came up with nothing / can't afford to spend more money @ the current moment.

I was raised by my grandma + know that my mom has had over six dui's + is a felon. there should also be record of my grandma winning custody of my brother + I when I was younger. I will be providing records when I can, I promise.

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brandonxhenry

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/weedjiboard/

hopefully nothing will end up happening + i can share records + my full story with you all. if not, i know you are all fucking bad asses fighting for justice + my name will live on. thank you. ♥

also: my mom's name is Jessica Davis, my grandma's name is Sally Henry..this is a link to my grandpa who abused me's obituary:


"He was a member of Iola Lodge No. 38, AF&AM, Salem Chapter No. 4 of Order of Eastern Star in Iola, Scottish Rite bodies in Fort Scott and Mirza Shrine in Pittsburg. He was a member of the American Legion and Elks Lodge, both in Iola, and the Kansas Veterinary Association. While in Lyndon, he served on the school board for seven years."