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Pakistan has become the latest country to ban the Chinese app TikTok, citing the platform's failure to block "immoral and indecent" content, per the AP.

Why it matters: TikTok has repeatedly found itself at odds with foreign leadership, including the U.S., wherein President Trump threatened to ban app downloads over privacy concerns. India outright banned TikTok earlier this year.

  • Pakistani officials say they warned the country of the pending ban and gave ample time to build protections against unlawful content.
  • The nation says it will reconsider the ban if content moderators are properly developed.

The big picture: TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance and has grown in popularity specifically among young people. But the app's ties to China have increased concerns over data protection and monitoring.

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Why it matters: The company has struggled to hit its subscriber growth targets amid the global pandemic. Sources tell Axios Quibi was running out of cash.

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Tech platforms are no longer satisfied with debunking falsehoods — now they're starting to invest in efforts that preemptively show users accurate information to help them counter falsehoods later on.

Why it matters: Experts argue that pre-bunking can be a more effective strategy for combative misinformation than fact-checking. It's also a less polarizing way to address misinformation than trying to apply judgements to posts after they've been shared.

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The state of play: The company behind Locker Room, Betty Labs, has raised $9.3 million in seed funding led by Google Ventures with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Axios has learned.