[Fox Business] FTC refers complaint against TikTok to Justice Department over child privacy violations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Tuesday that it has referred a complaint against TikTok and parent company ByteDance to the Justice Department over an investigation into alleged violations of a law intended to protect children’s privacy online.

The FTC explained that it was investigating TikTok and ByteDance as part of a compliance review into Musical.ly, which was acquired by TikTok and had been subject to a 2019 settlement with the regulator over violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

“The Commission also investigated additional potential violations of COPPA and the FTC Act,” the agency wrote in a statement. “The investigation uncovered reason to believe named defendants are violating or are about to violate the law and that a proceeding is in the public interest, so the Commission has voted to refer a complaint to the DOJ, according to the procedures outlined in the FTC Act.”

“Although the Commission does not typically make public the fact that it has referred a complaint, we have determined that doing so here is in the public interest,” the FTC added.

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TikTok said in a statement it has been working with the FTC and that it’s disappointed the regulator referred the investigation to the Justice Department.

“We’ve been working with the FTC for more than a year to address its concerns,” a TikTok spokesperson told FOX Business. “We’re disappointed the agency is pursuing litigation instead of continuing to work with us on a reasonable solution. We strongly disagree with the FTC’s allegations, many of which relate to past events and practices that are factually inaccurate or have been addressed.”

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“We’re proud of and remain deeply committed to the work we’ve done to protect children and we will continue to update and improve our product. We offer an age-appropriate experience with stringent safeguards, proactively remove suspected underage users, and have voluntarily launched safety features such as default screentime limits, family pairing, and privacy by default for minors under 16,” the spokesperson added.

The FTC’s probe is distinct from concerns that prompted Congress to pass a bill requiring that TikTok be divested from China-based parent company ByteDance or face a potential U.S. ban over concerns about the ability of the Chinese government to improperly access data from American users or to use the platform to spread propaganda or stifle certain viewpoints.

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TikTok and ByteDance have until Jan. 19, 2025, to decide whether to sell the company to an owner who isn’t from a foreign country considered to be an adversary of the U.S. or else the ban would take effect. TikTok and ByteDance have challenged the law in court.

The situation has prompted billionaire Frank McCourt to form a consortium of investors looking to buy TikTok from ByteDance.

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Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Kevin O’Leary, chair of O’Leary Ventures and star of the TV show “Shark Tank,” have also said they’re interested in forming investment groups to acquire TikTok.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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[Fox Business] Raising Cane’s CEO Todd Graves surprises Snoop Dogg with $100K donation for youth football league

Raising Cane’s CEO Todd Graves has consistently made it a point to impact the communities where his chicken finger joints are settled, and his latest move comes in the form of a surprise to a rap legend. 

Snoop Dogg’s love for sports, especially football, has been shown for years through appearances and his Snoop Youth Football League, a non-profit organization opened in 2005 that provides “the opportunity for inner-city children to participate in youth football and cheer.”

Well, Graves surprised Snoop Dogg with a $100,000 donation to the organization to help his friend continue to impact his community through the game of football.

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Snopp Dogg posted a video to his Instagram, thanking Graves and Raising Cane’s for the donation. 

“Giving a shoutout to my main man Todd Graves and Raising Cane’s for the $100,000 donation that they made to the Snoop Youth Football League,” Snoop Dogg said. “Continue to do great things in the community. That’s why we love you Raising Cane’s. Good looking out, Todd.”

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The Snoop Youth Football League serves children between the ages of 5-13, and it isn’t just about the competition on the gridiron. The official site says it’s also about “teaching them the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship, discipline and self-respect, while also stressing the importance of academics.”

The initial launch of the league saw 1,300 kids in the Los Angeles area participate in the fall of 2005. Now, the league has serviced over 60,000 kids in both football and cheer, while traveling across the country to play in various stadiums. 

Each season, which consists of seven regular season games and a three-week playoff, finishes with their version of the “Super Bowl.” There are also All-Star teams picked that travel around the country to face off against other youth teams.  

The entire objective of the league is to provide youth, no matter their race or background, the chance to participate in sports, while learning core values that will help them every day. 

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