In today's ExchangeWire news digest: Washington endorses legislation to ban TikTok; Brussels tells Musk to hire more human moderators for Twitter; and e-commerce platform Shopee reports its first-ever quarterly profit.
Washington supports bill to ban TikTok
The White House has endorsed new legislation giving US authorities the power to restrict or ban TikTok and other platforms if they pose risks to national security. The backing follows efforts from US senators and lawmakers to ban the Chinese-owned video app over concerns it may misuse users’ data. Democratic senator Mark Warne stated the new powers will apply to technology from China, Russia, North Korean, Venezuela, Cuba, and Iran.
EU orders Musk to bring more human moderators to Twitter
Regulators in the EU have told Elon Musk to hire more staff to moderate Twitter. The site currently uses a mix of human volunteers and AI to police content on the site. The billionaire previously cut over half of Twitter’s 7,500 workforce to reduce costs, a move which prompted scrutiny from the US Federal Trade Commission, which demanded Twitter hand over internal communications related to Musk over concerns the layoffs could compromise user security.
Shopee reports first quarterly profit
E-commerce platform Shopee has reported a profit for Q4 2022, marking the first profitable quarter in its history. The Sea Limited-owned company reported adjusted EBITDA of USD$196.1m (~£164m), a significant uptick from its USD$877.7m (~£734m) loss the previous year.
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2 billion - the number of orders processed through Shopee in Q3 2022.