What the hell is wrong with TikTok?  – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Western governments are ticked off with TikTok. The Chinese-owned app loved by teenagers around the world is facing allegations of facilitating espionage, failing to protect personal data, and even of corrupting young minds. Governments in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and … Read more

Online marketplace Wish makes a comeback in France – POLITICO

PARIS — U.S. online marketplace Wish is available in France again at the state’s request, a year and a half after it ordered the platform’s delisting over unsafe products. In November 2021, the government announced with much fanfare that the California-based platform would be removed from search engines and app stores for flouting consumer-protection rules and failing to … Read more

You don’t scare us … anymore – POLITICO

BRUSSELS — The EU was “scared” of Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon during the European parliamentary election in 2019 — but those fears are gone ahead of the 2024 ballot, European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová said. Referring to Bannon’s attempts to form a “club” to support far-right populists such as the Netherlands’ Geert … Read more

I’m Zelenskyy’s ‘good soldier’ – POLITICO

“Attention. The air alert is over. May the force be with you.” That voice reading that message, heard on the English version of an app signaling the end of Russian air raids over Ukraine, belongs to Luke Skywalker (well, the actor Mark Hamill). The app received a Star Wars-themed update last year, just one of several … Read more

‘Grotesque’ Russian disinfo campaign mimics Western news websites to sow dissent – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article In Germany, news magazine Der Spiegel warned about natural gas shortages. In the United Kingdom, the Guardian, another media outlet, raised doubts about Russian war crimes in Ukraine. In Italy, Ansa, a leading news agency, criticized Kyiv’s storage of much-needed grain. These news stories were all promoted extensively … Read more