Glycine TikTok explainer

How a Chinese company making industrial-grade food additives accidentally took over TikTok

'Waiter!! One industrial grade glycine please.'

On Apr 8, 2024 by Tricia Crimmins

Republican Senator touts death threat voicemail from giggling caller over TikTok ban as evidence of danger of “Communist-Chinese aligned company”

Senator touts death threat from giggling TikToker as evidence of ‘Communist-Chinese’ brainwashing

'The Communist-Chinese aligned company is proving just how dangerous their current ownership is.'

On Mar 21, 2024 by Mikael Thalen

Congresswoman's post encouraging TikTok to be more like Grindr met with hilarious responses

‘Is she well??’: Congresswoman’s call for TikTok to be more like this infamous dating app flamed

It's 'alive and well today,' she said, to vociferous disagreement.

On Mar 14, 2024 by Katherine Huggins

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Bill to ban TikTok passes 50-0 out of House committee

The bill was introduced just days ago.

On Mar 7, 2024 by Marlon Ettinger

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‘It’s squeezing us out of the market’: Temu has taken e-commerce by storm—but sellers say they’re paying for those low prices

‘They are selling those goods at a loss.'

On Feb 6, 2024 by Leqi Zhong

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Why is Temu so cheap?

Temu minimizes costs and offers remarkably low prices via a lean supply chain—but at what cost?

On Nov 15, 2023 by Kahron Spearman

Citizens and tourists dress up and take part in a Halloween parade in Shanghai, China, October 31, 2023

‘Who is frightened by our laughter?’: Young Chinese use Halloween costumes to protest the government at massive celebration in Shanghai

'I can feel the alliance, the unspoken bitterness, the hopelessness, and the anger.'

On Nov 2, 2023 by Leqi Zhong

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Gavin Newsom plowing ‘through a small child’ during a basketball game was the highlight of his China trip

The child appeared to laugh it off and get back up quickly.

On Oct 30, 2023 by Katherine Huggins

Gavin Newsom(l), Xi Jinping(r)

‘Xi taking up space, Newsom ready to obey’: Conservatives praise ‘Giga Chad’ Chinese Prime Minster Xi Jinping following sitdown with Gavin Newsom

'Girly Newsom with crossed legs meets manly Chinese President Xi Jinping.'

On Oct 25, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

Wuhan marked on a map with red pin

‘This feels like aborted espionage’: UNC’s COVID-19 research becomes flashpoint after on-campus shooter revealed to have studied in Wuhan

The conspiracies appear to be quite the reach.

On Aug 29, 2023 by Katherine Huggins

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Videos of Asian food bring out xenophobic trolls—creators are pushing back

Backlash against foreign food is playing out on TikTok instead of in the lunchroom.

On Jul 21, 2023 by Michael Zhang

Mr. Shou Chew speaking into microphone

TikTok’s future uncertain after CEO testifies in marathon congressional hearing

Lawmakers asked about data privacy, user safety, and TikTok's connections to the Chinese government.

On Mar 23, 2023 by Jacob Seitz

oil train derailment from directly overhead. Emergency response vehicles and overturned rail cars.

After failing to pin recent train derailments on Russia—conspiracy theorists shift to blaming China

It's the second Ohio trainwreck in weeks.

On Mar 6, 2023 by Claire Goforth

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A bipartisan Senate bill to ban TikTok is coming this week

A bill being introduced this week aims to ban certain foreign technology.

On Mar 6, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

woman speaking in front of light background (l) China on map with red pin in it (c) woman speaking in front of light background (r)

TikTok conspiracy theory claims that live dinosaurs were discovered in ‘uncharted lands’ in China

The rumor began with a news story someone claims they overheard in a nail salon—and now it's going viral.

On Feb 22, 2023 by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw