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The White House will begin blocking app downloads of TikTok and WeChat starting this Sunday, Sept. 20, Tech Crunch reports.
The U.S. Commerce Department will enforce shutdowns of TikTok and WeChat, after President Donald Trump announced plans in August to ban the apps in this country amid security concerns.
Despite the ban on TikTok downloads this Sunday, a November 12 reprieve gives Chinese-owned TikTok until after the election to complete a complicated purchase deal with Oracle, Walmart and their partners without an interruption in service.
According to Businessinsider.com, "Oracle would own a minority stake in TikTok of less than 20%, while Walmart is also expected to take a stake in the popular social media company."
Walmart CEO Doug McMillion would likely have a seat on a new US board of directors for TikTok's American operations, CNBC reported.
"Today's actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party," said Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a statement.
"At the President's direction, we have taken significant action to combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations."
Bella Thorne set a record with a $2 million payday on OnlyFans by promising nude photos in a pay-per-view post.
But OnlyFans p0rn stars say Bella "scammed" her fans and now the service has made policy changes that will affect their payouts.
P0rn stars aren't the only ones who are upset over Bella's PPV post. Her fans are demanding refunds because the "nude" photos they thought they were paying $200 for turned out to be lingerie photos already leaked on the Internet last week.
"Naked. NAKED?! Yes naked," reads a screenshot of a message from Thorne's OnlyFans account. The pay-per-view post cost $200, according to multiple Twitter users who shelled out the money only to see the 22-year-old wearing lingerie, not "naked" as the message promised.
The alleged bait and switch trended on Twitter, as hundreds of X-rated OnlyFans members demanded their money back after being duped by the actress.
The controversy caused a policy change overnight, according to the NY Post.
The policy change was tweeted out to OnlyFans members, announcing tips are now capped at $100, and one-time viewing fees for a PPV post can't exceed $50.
OnlyFans creators are worried, too, according to the NY Post. The wait to cash out is now 30 days instead of the usual 7 days.
OnlyFans posted an update Friday morning, announcing the policy change is only in effect for South American and Caribbean countries.
But American creators worry that the policy change will eventually affect them, too.
When reached for comment, reps for the London-based OnlyFans told The NY Post "transaction limits are set to help prevent overspending and to allow our users to continue to use the site safely. We value all of the feedback received since this change was implemented and we will continue to review these limits."
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Lena Waithe is helping to pay the bills of Instagram users during the ongoing coronavirus lockdowns in America.
During an appearance on The Late Show with James Corden on Monday, the Emmy-winning screenwriter said she's been giving money to people on Instagram in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Waithe is giving money directly to people who need it through an app rather than donating to the political organization, since none of the hundreds of millions of dollars BLM has received in donations is going to Black communities.
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The 36-year-old Chicago native says giving money to Instagram users is a "humbling" experience.
"When the cameras leave and when the dust settles, Hillman Helps will still be here," she said, referencing her company, Hillman Grad Productions. "I'm a big believer in community, I'm a big believer in tribe."
Waithe noted she paid out almost $50,000 from her own bank account.
"We've literally just been going through the Instagram and people asking us for certain amounts and they're not asking for a lot," she said.
"It really has been a humbling and inspiring experience for me to talk to these people and to communicate with them. We've been able to help some folks out and it's been a beautiful thing."
Lizzo's career continues to spiral into the sewer. The singer's fans and backers are disappointed at the levels Lizzo stoops for attention.
The Grammy nominee has been in the news lately for everything except her musical talent. In her latest stunt, the 31-year-old Detroit native is seen in a TikTok video on her knees in front of a man simulating a sex act.
Fans begged Lizzo to stop destroying her career and focus on her music.
One fan tweeted: "Lizzo hunny u have a #1 album and a song you don't have to do this on tiktok pls GET UP."
Another fan wrote: "Lizzo please seek mental help."
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Lizzo quit Twitter after her online beef with Dr. Boyce Watkins, who claimed her popularity was due to the "obesity epidemic in America."
TikTok is a Chinese mobile android app that allows young users to upload short video music video clips to share with their teenage friends.
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