Last Updated on March 10, 2023 by asifa
The China-based video-sharing app TikTok is planning to establish two data centers in Europe. With this, the total number of proposed data centers will increase to three. It is to address the security concerns raised in the US and Europe.
In today’s live breaking news, TikTok also announced that it has a monthly active user base of 125 million in the EU. Friday is the deadline for video-sharing apps to report their user bases as per the 27-block Digital Services Act. The companies with more than 45 million users are considered the biggest companies in the EU and comply with additional requirements to reduce risk on their platforms.
The total user base of TikTok, including non-EU nations such as Switzerland and the UK, is 150 million. ByteDance’s video-sharing app is trying to avoid the ban it faced in the US. It plans to avoid the spying concerns raised by the EU and will establish new data centers to alleviate this problem and the resulting ban.
TikTok leaders agreed to comply with EU rules
In a meeting held with the leaders of the EU in Brussels last month, the CEO of TikTok, Shou Zi Chew, said the company will take all the necessary steps to comply with the rules imposed by the EU. The video-sharing app also said it would not listen to the authorities in China about spying activities.
TikTok is on the brink of being banned on government devices in Europe, similar to how local governments in the US imposed a ban on running TikTok on government-owned devices. The Chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the UK directed all citizens in the nation to remove the TikTok app from their phones. The members of the Dutch parliament are also considering imposing a ban on the use of government-owned devices in the nation.
TikTok plans to establish another data center in Ireland
In a statement released on Friday, TikTok said it plans to establish another data center in Ireland apart from the previously announced data center in the nation. The company also said it is in advanced talks to establish another data center in Europe. It has not yet revealed the location of the third data center in Europe. TikTok currently stores its global user data in data centers in the US and Singapore. The company said it will migrate the data of European users to the sites in Europe in 2023.
Microsoft Corp. Limited the Use of New Bing Search
In the latest world news, Microsoft Corp. announced a cap on the usage of its new Bing search, which uses the technology behind ChatGPT, a viral chatbot, after users found that it sometimes produced disturbing responses. Last week, the software behemoth debuted an innovative Bing that allows users to enter queries in natural language. Bing’s search engine provides answers to users in a chat box rather than listing website URLs.
According to initial use by users, the new Bing generates confusing and unrelated answers. In long interactions, it also shows love and anger and becomes unhinged. The users, who have early access to the new Bing, shared screenshots of their experiences. Microsoft said long interactions are sometimes causing the search to demonstrate unwanted behavior and implemented some restrictions on its usage. The daily limit for questions on Bing is 50.
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