President Trump said over the weekend he may ban the use of the social video network TikTok in the US. The platform's parent company, ByteDance, is the latest Chinese firm to come under scrutiny by Western officials, who argue Chinese law obligates companies to share user data and network info with Beijing (more here).
The platform itself is focused on making and sharing short-form user-created videos, typically set to music. Its popularity has exploded globally since launching in 2012, but TikTok doesn't technically operate in China—a twin version called Douyin that complies with censorship laws is available. ByteDance has argued American data are stored in the US. In response to the potential ban, ByteDance has offered to fully divest TikTok's US operations and sell them to Microsoft, a deal the companies aim to complete by Sept. 15 for a rumored $30B.
The nation's largest school district submitted detailed plans to manage outbreaks of the coronavirus, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio saying individual classrooms will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days if a single positive test is identified. The plan, which previously envisioned one to three days of in-person teaching per week, also calls for school closures if the citywide test positivity rate—a metric that accounts for increasing total tests—rises above 3%. Experts have identified a threshold of 5%, below which states may safely begin to reopen (see how your state is doing). New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, considering plans from roughly 700 school districts, is expected to make a final decision on which schools may reopen this week.
The decision comes as parents across the country prepare for classes to begin this month. Some schools in Indiana reopened last week, with at least one quarantine put in place. Decisions on in-person, virtual, or hybrid models vary widely from
district to district; see the current status of all 50 states here.
The debate around reopening primary schools has intensified due to its impact on the economy, low-income families, and more. See how other countries have fared.
Separately, the US has reported 4.66 million total cases of the coronavirus, with
154,860 deaths. See the three-day moving average here.
Arrests in Twitter Hack
Three people have been charged in a massive Twitter hack, including a Florida teen who federal agents claim was the operation's mastermind. The scheme—the biggest security breach in company history—commandeered the accounts of Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian, and others (see list), encouraging millions of followers to send Bitcoin to a provided link.
The scam itself was incredibly low-tech. In early May, 17-year-old Graham Clark allegedly convinced a Twitter employee he worked in the company's IT department and needed credentials for customer service tools. Once in, Clark eventually gained access to the personal accounts and private messages of almost any user. Clark, who stole more than $100K, faces at least 30 felony charges and will be tried as an adult.
He was caught in part because he used his real driver's license to register his Bitcoin accounts—see
details on the investigation here.
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