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Foundering is an award-winning, serialized podcast from the journalists at Bloomberg Technology. Each season, Foundering brings you inside a different high-stakes drama from the technology industry, where its companies are wielding unprecedented capital and power. 

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Foundering is an award-winning, serialized podcast from the journalists at Bloomberg Technology. Each season, Foundering brings you inside a different high-stakes drama from the technology industry, where its companies are wielding unprecedented capital and power. 

    TikTok Part 6: The Showdown

    TikTok Part 6: The Showdown

    In the summer of 2020, amid a pandemic, historic unemployment and racial unrest, President Donald Trump developed a bizarre obsession with TikTok. In this episode, reporter Shelly Banjo and her colleagues take you aboard Air Force One and into the surreal tit-for-tat fight between TikTok and one of the most powerful men in the world.

    Updated May 27, 2021 to reflect ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming's decision to step down.
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    • 43 min
    TikTok Part 5: Should We Be Worried About Our Data?

    TikTok Part 5: Should We Be Worried About Our Data?

    After Donald Trump is elected president, tensions between the United States and China escalate. Several American politicians, security experts and even Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg turn their attention toward TikTok. In this episode, reporter Shelly Banjo looks into the fundamental question facing TikTok: What user data does TikTok collect, and can that information wind up in the hands of the Chinese government?
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    • 42 min
    TikTok Part 4: Are The Kids All Right?

    TikTok Part 4: Are The Kids All Right?

    While TikTok is known primarily as a breeding ground for funny memes, dance routines and lip-synching videos, there’s a dark side to TikTok that starts with the young children who populate the app. In this episode, reporter Shelly Banjo looks into the consequences of TikTok’s failure to safeguard its adolescent user base. Warning: This episode contains difficult and disturbing reporting, including stories about the sexual exploitation of minors.
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    • 34 min
    TikTok Part 3: ‘I’ll Be Making Bank! Hopefully.’

    TikTok Part 3: ‘I’ll Be Making Bank! Hopefully.’

    TikTok has redefined American pop culture and upended the music industry, advertising and the economics of fame. In this episode, reporter Shelly Banjo examines TikTok’s hands-on approach with its creators and artists, minting a new generation of social media stars and positioning TikTok’s parent company as the first Chinese tech giant to come out with a truly global consumer app.
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    • 41 min
    TikTok Part 2: The Silent Force from China

    TikTok Part 2: The Silent Force from China

    TikTok is powered by sophisticated artificial intelligence that predicts what users want to see next. This technology was developed at ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company and the most valuable startup in the world. In this episode, reporter Shelly Banjo explains how ByteDance founder and CEO Zhang Yiming fundamentally changed how a generation consumes media on their phones.
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    • 42 min
    TikTok Part 1: An Epiphany on a Train

    TikTok Part 1: An Epiphany on a Train

    Alex Zhu, a Chinese tech entrepreneur, was seated on a train in Silicon Valley across from a group of teenagers. He watched as the kids were listening to music and making videos on their phones, and he decided to create an app that combined the two cultural obsessions. The resulting platform would become the social media powerhouse now known as TikTok. In this episode, reporter Shelly Banjo explains the genesis of Gen Z’s favorite app.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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835 Ratings

835 Ratings

Db71186 ,

Fascinating and insightful!

A fascinating look at one of the most transformative companies of our generation. Shelly knocks it out of the park. Amazing look at the history and insightful view on what might come next!

maginelly ,

Interesting but very pro tiktok

Interesting topic but very slanted towards tiktok. Has a school girl crush feel to it. Some moderate criticism of privacy and child abuse issues but more glowing reviews of the founders than I would expect from real journalism.

yourmomsbreastaresoft ,

Interesting, but half propaganda.

Mostly child exploitation apologist, Trump hating, and China loyalist to the communist party.

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