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How the government could ban TikTok — and what else you need to know
 
President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent social media-obsessed teens into a tizzy when they said last week that the U.S. government is “looking at” potentially banning TikTok. 

TikTok is extremely popular with Gen Z teens, many of whom are among the most popular content creators on the platform, where users share their own 15-second video clips featuring music and filters.The mobile video app, which is owned by Chinese parent company ByteDance, has been downloaded over 2 billion times around the world and it has as many as 80 million estimated U.S. users. 

Roughly 60% of TikTok’s U.S. users are between the ages of 16 and 24, the company said last year.

Pompeo told Fox News that the U.S. is “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps due to concerns over what the Chinese-owned platform does with its millions of users’ personal information. 

“As far as I know, the U.S. Government has never banned an app before,” Jennifer Golbeck, a professor who specializes in data privacy at University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, tells CNBC Make It.

But it’s definitely still a real possibility, Golbeck adds. “If they were to do this, I suspect it would be through new regulations that Apple and Google need to comply with in their app stores,” she says.

Source: cnn.com 

Valentina Sampaio Is the First Transgender Model for Sports Illustrated

Valentina Sampaio made history last week, becoming the first transgender woman to be featured in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, the magazine said.
In a personal essay on the magazine’s website, Ms. Sampaio, a 23-year-old Brazilian model, said she was honored to be in the publication.

“The team at SI has created yet another groundbreaking issue by bringing together a diverse set of multitalented, beautiful women in a creative and dignified way,” she wrote.

Americans' Face Mask Usage Varies Greatly by Demographics

It has been more than three months since the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reversed course and recommended that Americans wear face masks in public to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Gallup has been measuring U.S. adults' use of face masks since early April and has found nearly nine in 10 say they have used one in the past week. Yet, new data on how often masks are being used reveals that less than half of Americans are heeding health officials' guidance and always covering their nose and mouth when in public, especially when social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Hispanics Have Accounted for More Than Half of Total U.S. Population Growth Since 2010

Hispanics have played a significant role in driving U.S. population growth over the past decade, though the group is not growing as quickly as it once did. From 2010 to 2019, the U.S. population increased by 18.9 million, and Hispanics accounted for more than half (52%) of this growth, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, the last before 2020 census figures are released.

Changing America

RV Business Booms As The 'Pandemic Demographic' Hits The Road 

The first time Mark Ritchie and Leah Hardy laid eyes on their new camper, it was after they'd bought it.

"It was like, 'Oh my God, it's tiny.' Which was great," Ritchie said recently while standing outside their home in Laramie, Wyo. "It made me feel actually more confident dragging it around. Because when I see people with giant trailers, I go, 'Thank God that's not me.'"

Ritchie and Hardy bought the vintage travel trailer from a seller in California, and then it was shipped to their doorstep. Hardy never thought they'd spend thousands of dollars on something sight unseen.

"That was because of COVID," she said. "Any other time we would have driven out and looked at it before we bought it."

While air travel is down and hotel occupancy remains low, the RV business is booming. A recent survey conducted by the RV Industry Association found that 20% of respondents are more interested in RVs since the coronavirus pandemic hit.

"It's very clear that people want to get back out there," said Monika Geraci, a senior manager with the association.

She sees RVs and other towables as essentially extensions of the socially distanced bubbles we have at home. 

"You are able to bring your own bed, bring your own kitchen, bring your own bathroom," Geraci said. "You have the freedom to go where you want, whether that's close to home or maybe venturing a little bit farther."

The association's data shows that RV sales have been up significantly over the last several years. This year appeared to be continuing that trend. Then the pandemic hit. The entire industry - manufacturers, dealerships, campgrounds - shut down. But the economy's reopening has brought a surge in activity, partly thanks to first-time buyers like Ritchie and Hardy. Low gas prices help, too.

"We're cautiously optimistic because with this large influx of first-timers who maybe hadn't thought about RVing before, it could bring a lot of new customers to the RV industry, who will fall in love with us and be RVers for life," Geraci said.

Source: kunr.org 
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