Pompeo welcomes India’s ban on Chinese apps including TikTok | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomes India’s sweeping ban on Chinese apps including TikTok, saying New Delhi is ensuring its own security. “India’s clean app approach will boost Indian’s sovereignty,” he tells reporters. SOUNDBITE

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Indians comment after New Delhi bans TikTok | AFP

Indians react to the banning of popular Chinese app TikTok as New Delhi’s ties with Beijing deteriorate sharply following a deadly border clash.

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THREE BORDERS, ONE WAR & GENERATION TIKTOK

VICE correspondent David Noriega reports from the border between Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, a lawless place where criminal gangs are more powerful than nation-states. The area, known as The Triple Frontier, is controlled by Brazilian gangs that manage a thriving network of drug and arms trafficking routes. VICE correspondent David Noriega explores the massive yet frustrated law enforcement efforts mounted by all three countries — and the ways the gangs outwit them at every turn.

TikTok is more than well-lit thirst traps, endless dance loops, and pandemic memes. The Chinese-owned app, with more than 800 million monthly active users, is now a forum where young folks can sound off on issues, invite others to glimpse into their communities, and teach people how to treat one another with civility and respect. VICE correspondent Dexter Thomas meets those at the forefront of this new wave of TikTok users.

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China’s beekeeper creates online buzz with video-sharing apps | AFP

Video clips posted online by Chinese beekeeper Ma Gongzuo show him opening up a hive surrounded by bees, swimming bare-chested in a river, or chopping wood – and he now has over 700,000 views on Douyin, the Chinese version of popular video-sharing app TikTok. Creating videos has become a popular sales tactic for Chinese farmers, who offer consumers a window into rural life.

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Shooting stars: TikTok’s explosive and rocky ride to fame | AFP

TikTok’s rapidly growing global audience holds the promise of instant stardom for millions of young users like Azeez Ahmed Siddiqui, who post short clips of themselves performing skits, lip-syncing to songs and dancing.

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Beijing reacts to viral TikTok video on Xinjiang | AFP

China’s foreign ministry reacts to the viral TikTok video on Xinjiang, where human rights groups say more than one million muslim minorities are being held in ‘re-education camps’. A spokesman says “How could I know what’s happening on the (social media) account of one individual?”.

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Bart Baker Quit YouTube — Now He’s Trying To Get Big on the Chinese Internet

Bart Baker, former YouTube celebrity, starts off most mornings by screaming in mangled Chinese.

For the past few years, Bart’s bread and butter was edgy parody music videos, mocking stars like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. Good videos easily racked in tens of millions of views; a million views was a dud.

But when YouTube started de-prioritizing vulgar videos in order to keep family-friendly advertisers happy, Bart’s income took a massive plunge.

So when he got a mysterious email from a company promising to catapult him to stardom in China, he figured he’d give it a shot. A few videos later, he had millions of followers, in a country he’d never even visited.

Now, Bart’s days start with live chat and song sessions with his millions of Chinese followers on Kwai, a Chinese social media app. Then, his Chinese manager sends him a Chinese song, which Bart translates into English, with the help of Google Translate. Hours later, Bart’s English version of the track is burning up the top ranks in Douyin (China’s version of TikTok).

Bart sees immense potential in the Chinese market, and has already announced that he is quitting YouTube. Meanwhile, his Chinese manager is concerned that Bart’s American persona could be trouble in China, if it isn’t properly handled, since is difficult to use internet in China and is when using tools as VPNs are useful to be able to use internet and services as surfshark vpn recensioni are perfect for this.

VICE News met with Bart Baker in Los Angeles, and his manager in Shanghai, to see if Bart’s path might be a way forward for other struggling YouTubers.

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