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Australia is the latest nation to prohibit use of TikTok on devices owned by the government.

An app that is owned by China asserts that the change was “motivated by politics, not by fact.”
Because of the security risks associated with using an app that is owned by China, the government of Australia has become the most recent nation to prohibit the use of TikTok on its devices.

That comes on the heels of similar restrictions from the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. Moreover, India and Afghanistan have completely banned the viral video app.
The prohibition is a response to rising concerns that China could use the company, which is controlled by ByteDance and based in Beijing, to harvest the data of its users in order to advance its political agenda, so harming Western security interests.

It also runs the risk of reigniting diplomatic tensions between Australia and its greatest trading partner, after things had somewhat eased up between the two countries since Prime Minister Anthony Albanese took office in May as the head of a Labor government in Australia.

TikTok expressed its profound dissatisfaction with the Australian government’s decision, stating that it was “motivated by politics, not by fact.”

The prohibition will go into force “as soon as practical,” according to a statement released by Attorney General Mark Dreyfus. He also added that exemptions will only be given on a case-by-case basis and when suitable safety precautions are taken into account.
Following Australia’s lead, all countries that are part of the so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network – which includes Australia, Canada, the United States of America, Britain, and New Zealand – have prohibited the use of the software on government-issued mobile devices.

During his appearance before the United States Congress a month ago, the CEO of TikTok, Shou Zi Chew, denied on multiple occasions that the app distributes data or has any affiliations with the Chinese Communist Party.

According to Lee Hunter, who is the general manager for Australia and New Zealand at TikTok, the company should not be singled out.

According to a statement released by Hunter, “there is no evidence to suggest that TikTok is in any way a security danger to Australians and it should not be treated differently from other social media platforms.” TikTok was referring to the popular video-sharing app.

The Australian newspaper claimed late on Monday night that Home Affairs Minister Christopher Albanese had agreed to the ban following an investigation by the department.

Dreyfus said that the federal government had just obtained a study entitled “Review into Foreign Intervention through Social Media Apps” and that the recommendations contained within the report were still being taken into consideration.

 

The restriction was implemented on the same day that officials from Australia and China met in Beijing to discuss ways to restore normalcy to trade relations ahead of the World Trade Organization’s planned release of its findings regarding an Australian complaint regarding barley tariffs.

In reference to the possibilities of enhancing business interactions, the Minister of Trade, Don Farrell, was quoted as saying to Sky News, “Things are going well, but of course, it’ll take some time to turn this ship around.”

In 2018, Australia angered China by preventing the Chinese company Huawei from participating in the rollout of its 5G network by preventing Huawei from providing equipment. Once Canberra sought for an independent investigation into the origin of Covid-19, relations between the two countries became even more strained.

As a form of retaliation, China imposed duties on several Australian exports.

TikTok can still be used on personal phones by Australian parliamentarians; however, several of them, including the Minister of Government Services for the federal government, Bill Shorten, and the Premier of Victoria state, Daniel Andrews, have elected to remove their accounts.

TikTok is coming under increasing scrutiny over the possible effect that China could have over the platform, but it is also under criticism over the influence that it has on young people.

TikTok has stated that the administration of President Joe Biden has asked that its Chinese owners liquidate their holdings in the company or face the possibility of a ban in the United States.
If it were to become law, the RESTRICT Act, which is a bill being considered by the Senate on both sides of the political aisle, would give the White House new authority to restrict the import of apps and other technologies originating in China.

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A new series that will feature Irish comedians engaged in a “war of laughter” will be hosted by Graham Norton.

It has been revealed that Graham Norton would play the role of presenter for Prime Video’s “first Irish original series.”
In the entertaining six-part series LOL: Last One Laughing Ireland, the lovable host will pit ten of the leading comic stars from the country against one other in an effort to make each other laugh.

It is the most recent adaption of the Japanese Amazon Original series Documental, which follows ten comedians as they risk their own money in a “war of laughter behind closed doors,” in which everything goes.

The format has become the most watched title of all time on Prime Video in Italy and Germany, and it has had hugely successful local versions in Mexico, India, France, Spain, Canada, The Netherlands, Colombia, Brazil, Sweden, and Australia – with Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson hosting the show down under in Australia.

The comedy series Last One Laughing Ireland, which is being produced by Kite Entertainment and set to begin production in Dublin this spring, will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in 240 countries and territories around the world in the year 2024.

As Norton made the announcement about the show on Tuesday, he expressed his excitement at returning to “working on home ground.”
“I’m happy to be the presenter for the first Irish Original, LOL: Last One Laughing Ireland on Prime Video, and to be working on home turf for the first time in a very long time. I’ve been away from Ireland for a very long time.”
“I’m really proud of our comedy culture, and I think it’s amazing that we have a platform to expose Irish talent to an audience all over the world. I simply cannot wait to find out what our team of comedic geniuses have in store for us to make everyone laugh.

Amazon Studios’ head of original content for the United Kingdom and Northern Europe, Dan Grabiner, stated that “Graham Norton and Last One Laughing is a match made in heaven.”

“Ireland is home to world-class comedy and a burgeoning television industry; we can’t wait to celebrate and be a part of that with our first Irish Original production,” said the producers of the show.

Even though the “sought-after” comedians who will be performing on the show have not been identified as of yet, Prime Video assures viewers that there will be plenty of laughter and hints that there will be celebrity cameos during the thrilling performances.

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At the trial of Pras Michel, Leonardo DiCaprio will be testifying.

On Monday, Leonardo DiCaprio testified for the prosecution in the case that is being brought against the rapper Pras Michel in Washington, District of Columbia.

Prakazrel ‘Pras’ Michel, a founding member of The Fugees, is accused of facilitating the transfer of funds from fugitive Malaysian financier Jho Low, also known as Low Taek Jho, to the re-election campaign of former President Barack Obama in 2012. He rejects a whole litany of accusations, including conspiring with others and interfering with witnesses.

DiCaprio spoke in court regarding his link to Low, who is accused of leading a plan to launder money and pay bribes that stole billions of dollars from the Malaysian state investment fund 1MDB. DiCaprio went in court to testify regarding his connection to Low. He counted Low as a main backer for his movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which was released in 2013.

The actor who won an Academy Award disclosed that he had known Michel since the 1990s, having met him backstage after a Fugees concert, and that he had made friends with Low during a party in Las Vegas in 2010.

According to The Associated Press, Leonardo DiCaprio remarked, “I believed him to be a huge businessman with many different ties in Abu Dhabi and Malaysia.” DiCaprio was quoted as saying this.

After that, Low became a consistent supporter to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and proposed that the foundation provide funds for the movie. The businessman, who is 48 years old, stated that he and his staff conducted exhaustive checks to determine Low’s genuineness before participating in any kind of transaction with him.

He remarked, “Both my team and my studio have given me the go-ahead to move forward with this.” He was a genuine businessperson who was interested in making an investment in the film.

In addition, the actor who played Jack Dawson in Titanic recounted a “casual conversation” he had with Low about the money Low intended to donate to Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

DiCaprio recalled that the amount was “something in the neighbourhood of $20-30 million,” describing it as “a huge figure.” I exclaimed, “Wow, that’s a lot of money!” when I saw the amount.

According to the accusations made by the prosecutors, Michel acted as a conduit between Low’s stolen millions and his efforts to exert influence over the government of the United States.

It is alleged that between June and November of 2012, Low deposited over $21.6 million (about £15.7 million) to Michel’s accounts. These accounts were then used to funnel money into the election campaign. It is said that Michel bribed approximately 20 people to act as donors so that he could conceal the true source of the money.

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The trailer for Spider-Verse 2 pokes fun at the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “little geek” Spider-Man.

The new trailer for “Across the Spider-Verse” features a number of different Spider-Men to marvel at, but the one thing that got us laughing was a reference to a particular incarnation of the web-slinger.
Due to the fact that the new trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was only released a short while ago, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been combing through the newly released snippets in search of hidden references and Easter eggs for superhero movies.
And considering that the release date for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 is not far off, fans’ excitement is just growing with each passing day as they learn more about what they can anticipate from the film.

And while the most recent trailer for the new Spider-Man movie provides us with a lot to look at (such as a more in-depth look into the Spider-Verse, Oscar Isaac’s Miguel O’Hara, and The Spot), fans who have been paying close attention have noticed one throwaway line that might just be referencing a very familiar Spider-Man actor.

In the latest promotional video for the upcoming animated film, Miguel O’Hara scolds Miles, warning him that he’ll never be able to join the select group of Spider-Men who travel across the multiverse.
His exclamation is, “Don’t even get me started on Doctor Strange and the little nerd back on Earth-199999!”
However, considering that the Marvel movies have been meandering across the multi-verse for some time now, it is becoming a little bit difficult to keep track of what exactly is happening in the Marvel timeline. But just in case you forgot, Earth-199999 is in the same reality as our version of the Avengers and Spider-Man. This means that the “little nerd” in question could only be our version of Tom Holland in a different incarnation.

Could this perhaps suggest that the adventure movie will have a real-life or animated appearance from Mr. Holland himself? But, within the confines of the Spider-Verse, there are no real boundaries to speak of. Now it looks like we’ll simply have to sit tight and see what happens.

For the time being, you may keep yourself entertained by learning everything there is to know about the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 release date, the Guardians of the Galaxy cast, and everything there is to know about the release date of the fifth Avengers movie. Don’t forget to check out not only our ranking of the best movies ever made but also our rundown of all the newest movies that will be released this year.

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The reason Barbie Ferreira departed was that she didn’t want to be known as the “fat best friend.”

The third season of the teen drama series Euphoria, which made its debut in 2019 and immediately caused a sensation across the globe, has been officially greenlit. On the other hand, not every performer will be coming back.

After appearing in the show’s first two seasons, the actress Barbie Ferreira, who played Kat Hernandez, announced a few months ago on Instagram that she would not be returning to the role in the upcoming season. Javon Walton, whose role as Ash Tray was brought to a bloody end in the penultimate episode of the second season of Euphoria, is one of the other performers who will not be returning for the show’s third season.
Viewers were left wondering why Ferreira wouldn’t be coming back, and reports began to circulate that she and the show’s creator, Sam Levinson, had a contentious relationship. But, the actor has just gone on record to discuss her departure from the show and the reasons behind it.

In Euphoria, Barbie Ferreira does not desire to play the role of the “fat best friend.”
A recent episode of the podcast Armchair Expert had an appearance by Barbie Ferreira, during which she revealed her decision to depart Euphoria, which she had previously announced in August of last year.

It has been rumoured that Sam Levinson, the creator of the show, and Ferreira had tension and conflicts, which resulted in rewritten plots for Kat. Ferreira played the role of Kat in the show. For instance, it is said that Levinson intended Kat to have an eating issue, but Ferreira declined to take part in a story arc that involved such a development for the character.
Kat, who began the series as an insecure fan-fiction-loving teen who then becomes a cam girl in Season 1, felt rather pushed to the side in the show’s second season, which a lot of fans believe is due to the actor and creator’s issues with each other. Kat’s character began the series as an insecure fan-fiction-loving teen who then became a cam girl in Season 1.

On the other hand, this is not the case with Ferreira. She shared her thoughts by saying, “So, for me, when people ask me about Season 2, it’s typically they come at me with, like, I was some sort of victim to Season 2, and I’m always like, ‘No, it’s okay, promise.'” It’s to the point.’

“I never asked to be a part of this drama, and to this day, I haven’t even discussed the fact that I was involved in it,” she said. In my perspective, if a problem doesn’t go away on its own, I shouldn’t bother trying to solve it because that would just add gasoline to the fire. It has become independent and started acting on its own. Don’t put too much stock in everything that you read.

She added this clarification in response to a few additional claims that were circulating: “I genuinely did not walk off set.” When I did once sprain my ankle, I ended up needing to obtain an X-ray of it. Could that be what they have in mind?

But, she did appear to concur that by Season 2, Kat’s plots had run out of steam and needed to be replaced. Ferreira freely acknowledged that “I don’t think there was anywhere for [her] to go.”
“I believe there were possible destinations for her to visit. Simply said, I don’t believe that it would have been appropriate for the show. I have my doubts that it would have been fair to her, and I believe that all sides were aware of this fact. I wanted so badly to be able to say that I wasn’t the friend who was always overweight. I don’t want to play it, and I have a feeling that they didn’t want to play that either.”

It was a challenge to locate the story that continued with her. Hence, it was really distressing to watch, especially to see the supporters reacting negatively to it. I simply had the impression that perhaps I had stayed a little longer than was appropriate. Because of this, I found that it was a relief to finally be able to say, “Alright, I don’t have to worry about this, and neither of us have to worry about this,” since it’s a stressful situation.

Levinson is still an important part of this narrative, despite the fact that Ferreira came to the conclusion that “Sam writes for, like, things that he relates to.” I don’t believe he can relate to Kat in any way. Because I like Kat, I get to choose my own way forward. At first, I thought, “Oh, my God, I’m a complete failure.” I’m a loser.’ It has turned out to be a very positive thing.”
While production on Euphoria Season 3 is scheduled to begin later this year, it is still unknown whether or not her departure will have an impact on the show’s filming timeline.

Ferreira made the departure announcement in an Instagram post a few months ago, although she did not specify the reason why she was leaving at the time. The following is what the post says: “After four years of getting to portray the most unique and mysterious character Kat, I’m having to say a very teary-eyed goodbye.

“I hope that many of you were able to see yourself in her as I was, and that she brought you joy as you watched her develop into the character that she is now. I hope that you were able to sense the care and love that I poured into her from the bottom of my heart. Katherine Hernandez, I adore you.

Her Instagram post also acknowledges “angel” Hunter Schafer, who plays Jules, for a piece of artwork that she did for the departing star, which further demonstrates that Ferreira is still on good terms with the other actors despite the fact that she will no longer be a part of the cast.

HBO Max presently offers streaming access to both Season 1 and Season 2 of Euphoria, both of which feature Ferreira in recurring roles. Here you may learn more about the upcoming third season.