As Calls to Ban TikTok Grow Louder, Here’s A History of National Pulse Scoops About the CCP-Linked App.

As new calls to ban the China-owned TikTok from American app stores emerge from the Federal Communications Commission, older reasons to ban the app also continue to hold true. The National Pulse has compiled our historical reporting on the subject, below. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr recently called on Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their respective app stores, citing national security and data privacy concerns. Carr described TikTok’s parent company ByteDance as “beholden” to the Chinese government in his letter, noting that, as a result, the app is “required by law to comply with [Chinese government] surveillance

COVID-Tracker App Installs Itself Without User Consent, Including on Parental-Locked Devices.

Massachusetts state officials recently announced the launch of the “voluntary” MassNotify app, which monitors the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The only problem is the app appears to be installing itself on residents’ and their kids’ smartphones, unbeknownst to users, and without their consent. The news creates a disturbing new dimension to privacy laws and even private property concerns as hundreds of users have reported their Android phones have had the app surreptitiously installed, without their prior knowledge. “Thank you MA/Google for silently installing #MassNotify on my phone without consent. But I have a request: Can you also silently

Democrat WH Adviser Sues To Remove Telegram From App Stores

Longtime Democrat adviser Marc Ginsberg has sued Apple and Google demanding they remove Telegram from app stores. The January 17th lawsuit comes from the former aide to Senator Ted Kennedy, White House Liaison under Jimmy Carter, and Ambassador to Morocco under Bill Clinton and seeks to give Telegram the same fate as Parler. “Telegram is being used to intimidate, threaten and coerce members of the public,” says Ginsberg’s complaint about the app, which has quickly become an alternative social media network to Twitter. “Telegram continues to enable extremist incitement in its platform, promoting political violence as extremist groups and individuals

Apple Bans Nearly 40,000 Apps After Demands by Chinese Communist Party

Apple removed 39,000 game apps on its China store Thursday, the biggest removal ever in a single day, as it set year-end as deadline for all game publishers to obtain a licence. The takedowns come amid a crackdown on unlicensed games by Chinese authorities. Including the 39,000 games, Apple removed more than 46,000 apps in total from its store on Thursday. Games affected by the sweep included Ubisoft title Assassin’s Creed Identity and NBA 2K20, according to research firm Qimai. Qimai also said only 74 of the top 1,500 paid games on Apple store survived the purge. Apple did not

EXC: Top U.S. Tech Execs Attended Conference Sponsored By Chinese Communist Group Which Pushed COVID DisInfo Campaign

Executives from American tech giants such as Facebook and Google attended an annual conference organized by the Cyberspace Administration of China, the body responsible for leading the Chinese Communist Party’s digital campaign to censor factual narratives and push fraudulent information about COVID-19. The unearthed attendance of U.S. tech leaders to the World Internet Conference follows leaked documents from the Chinese Communist Party revealing that its Cyberspace Administration – which spearheaded the conference – was tasked with deploying legions of hundreds of thousands of people online. These individuals, comprising China’s “wu mao” army, were deployed to combat negative narratives about the

‘Xi Beckoned, They Came’: U.S. Tech CEOs Fawned Over Chinese Communist Premier… ‘Did You Feel the Room Shake?’

A 2015 New York Times article reveals how CEOs from America’s largest technology and social media companies – including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Tim Cook, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos – fawned over meeting Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping. The article – “The Most Memorable Moment of Xi’s America Trip” – describes how, during Xi’s visit to a Microsoft Headquarters in September 2015, CEOs from America’s big tech companies cozied up to the Chinese Communist Party leader. As the New York Times put it, the tech bigwigs “paid homage” to Xi. According to the establishment rag, after posing for a picture with Xi, Apple’s

Does Apple’s Stock Dive Spell Trouble for the U.S. Economy?

Yesterday, Apple sent the already wobbly stock market tumbling after lowering its earnings expectations for the first quarter of 2019. As of writing, Apple’s stock was on pace for its largest single-day decline in 6 years. Since Apple is the world’s largest company by market cap — and this was the first time in over 15 years that the company slashed a quarterly earnings forecast — it behooves us to dive into CEO Tim Cook’s letter to investors to see what gives. Here is a summary of what Cook wrote: While we anticipated some challenges in key emerging markets, we

This Week in Economics: 4 Stories You Should Know About

1.) The Incredible Stock Market Run Continues Today, US stockholders should raise their glasses to toast the longest bull run in American history. USA Today reports: The long, upward rise in U.S. stock prices that began in March 2009 near the end of the Great Recession — a rally that survived countless scares and was doubted every step of the way by market skeptics — is about to surpass the famed surge from the 1990s as the longest-running bull in Wall Street history….The main drivers pushing share prices even higher, market experts say, are a U.S. economy powering along at