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Can the U.S. Government Actually Ban TikTok?
In a word no. In many words: It’s not very likely, but there are many things the Trump administration can do to hamper TikTok’s presence in the U.S. There are several reasons President Donald Trump may want to ban TikTok in the United States, ranging anywhere from the serious, like its connection to the Chinese government and the data it collects, to the slightly more silly—it’s the one social platform Trump can’t take advantage of (and teens seem to be fighting back on).
Precedent set with gay dating app Grindr could inspire one of the government’s actions. The U.S. could order ByteDance to divest from TikTok, similar to its actions last year when it ordered the Chinese-based company Kunlun Tech to sell Grindr.
Mergers and Acquisitions in the Time of Coronavirus
Last year, there were a whopping 351 mergers and acquisitions in the ad-tech space. Even with the pandemic slowing ad spend and delaying payments, deals are still happening. For instance, Martin Sorrell’s S4 Capital is still on the prowl for companies that can help it achieve its “faster, better, cheaper” mantra. Sorrell recently told Adweek that the company has accelerated its digital transformation efforts during its latest round of fundraising efforts as more deals are on the horizon.
Why Providing Contact Info Won’t Curb Bad Seller Behavior on Amazon
There’s a seemingly infinite amount of product listings on Amazon thanks to hundreds of thousands of sellers in the U.S. market alone. So how much vetting does Amazon do to ensure all these third-party sellers are on the up and up? According to many experts, not enough. Amazon’s latest move requires contact info from all sellers, but the problem is experts don’t think Amazon is doing enough to verify the information, so buyers could still be out of luck if they acquire a defective product. Information is only good if it’s accurate and trustworthy.
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This Challenging ‘No-Escape Room’ Simulates Life With an Incurable Disease
In this moving piece of creative, an Australian Parkinson’s nonprofit worked with Wunderman Thompson Australia to create the most challenging escape room possible. Not only did it contain a standard escape room puzzle, but the creators made it more difficult by simulating what life with Parkinson’s is like. For instance, tasks included a stiffened shoelace challenge, teacup tremor challenge and blurred vision challenge.
Ad of the Day: Would Elvis Drive a Fiat? This Fun and Elaborately Produced Ad Might Convince You
Combining an Elvis impersonator with some CGI, this very realistic looking Elvis takes viewers on a wild ride through a number of scenes in a Fiat Strada. With a 600-person crew, three locations and six shooting dates, this spot shot pre-pandemic makes for a stunning ad.
Best of the Rest: Today’s Top News
- Report: In Call with Fox News Execs, Black Staffers Expressed ‘Anger and Distress About Rampant Racism at Fox News’
- Land O’Lakes Taps Harley Davidson’s Former Top Marketer as CMO
- The Trade Desk Makes Tim Sims CRO Amid Slate of 5 Other Senior Promotions
- Checkers & Rally’s Sees Comparable Sales Spike as It Looks to Restructure Debt
- Unilever’s Jennifer Gardner Is Tired of Talking About Transparency