Musical.ly was a short format (15 seconds) video streaming and sharing app that was popular with over 100 million users until August 2018. With this app, users can sync their lips with dialogues and make funny videos using various music and conversation options. This app was very popular with some content creators who used the Musical.ly and rose to the Hall of Fame with engaging content. Users have shared Musical.ly videos on social media platforms such as Instagram to make the app even more popular. But in August 2018, the app was taken over by the Chinese company ByteDance and users moved to TikTok. All content and accounts that existed on Musical.ly were automatically transferred to the new TikTok app. TikTok has global offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul, and Tokyo.
TikTok is a short video sharing app that allows users to create and share a 15 second video on any topic. TikTok maintains another app for the Chinese market called Duyin, which has more than 300 million monthly active users. The new app logo is a combination of the Musical.ly and Duyin logos. The TikTok app has become very popular since its inception. In October 2018, it was the world’s most downloaded photo and video app on the Apple Store. The app is reportedly the most popular country with over 500 million monthly active users and over 80 million downloads.
TikTok users received a notification from the app on Monday, November 15, about filing a claim for damages. Many expressed confusions on social media and asked if the notification was part of a larger scam. The reconciliation is genuine. ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, agreed to pay $ 92 million in a class action in February to resolve allegations of collecting personal information from users without their consent. TikTok denies the allegations. The app said, “Privacy and safety are top priorities for TikTok and we have robust policies, processes and technologies in place to help protect all users, and our teenage users in particular. We believe the claims lack merit and intend to vigorously defend the action.” According to documents and the settlement with Chinese parent company ByteDance was reached back in late February. The legal action against TikTok was first brought by an anonymous 12-year-old girl last year.
As part of a settlement affecting an estimated 89 million TikTok users, the company will need to modify and disclose its data collection practices. The settlement was the result of a merger of 21 proceedings, many of which were filed on behalf of minors.A lawsuit filed in the Illinois District Court states that the TikTok app uses complex artificial intelligence methods to help identify facial features from user videos. TikTok analyses faces with the goal of identifying age, race, gender, and other data so that they can recommend content to users. By using this personal and biometric information, TikTok gains a competitive advantage over other social media apps and benefits from using improperly acquired data, while at the same time. According to the Cardozo School of Law journal, Cardozo Law Review, residents have banned TikTok from using facial recognition to identify users or add users to the “face stamp” database, claims to have violated. The proceedings also allege that TikTok mined user information from a draft video that had never been posted.Illinois is the only state that can sue businesses for violating biometric privacy laws. The parent company, ByteDance, will pay a large amount of severance pay, but individuals may not leave a large amount of severance pay.U.S. residents who used TikTok before October 1st can file a claim. Residents of Illinois have the right to gain a larger share of the payment pool. Each person is entitled to a portion of the shared severance pay. Residents of Illinois can receive six parts of the instalment payment. If everyone files a proceeding, in most cases they will receive only about 96 cents after deducting attorney’s fees. This cannot exceed the “33.33%” of the fund. Residents of Illinois can receive up to $ 5.75. From the documents submitted, the billing rate seems to affect each payment. If only 1.5% of eligible TikTok users file a claim, Illinois residents will receive $ 383.33 and non-Illinois residents will receive $ 63.89. If 20% of eligible users file a claim, Illinois residents will receive $ 28.75 and non-Illinois residents will receive $ 4.79.
Here’s who can file claims:
All Illinois residents who used the apps within the state to create videos prior to Sept. 30, 2021.
All U.S. residents who used the apps prior to Sept. 30, 2021.
The proceedings found that a qualified individual could make a claim on behalf of himself or a child under the age of 18. The deadline for filing a claim is March 1, 2022.
To submit one’s complaint, one can visit TikTokdataprivacysettlement.com. There, one can fill out a form to report damage online or print it out and mail it. They will be asked for a payment method such as Venmo, Paypal, or will be offered a virtual prepaid card. Parents can claim on behalf of a minor child.
The proposed settlement is $ 92 million, but it is unlikely that the claimant will receive a large sum of money based on the huge number of US eligible to use TikTok. 1/31/2022 is the last day people can choose to ban or disagree with the billing details. March 1, 2022 is the last day people can apply for possible payments.
Lawyers and managers involved in the proceedings claim “please wait” as payments may take longer as all appeals have been resolved and payments will not be made until the court gives final approval. This process can take several years. For example, a class action proceeding that attracted attention related to milk prices in 2017 has just begun sending payments.
There are four different ways to get a bill.
• PayPal. You need a PayPal email address.
• Venmo. You will need to enter the mobile number associated with your Venmo account.
• Virtual prepaid card.
• Alternatively, the check will be mailed to the specified address.