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MAY 2, 6:30 PM // Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management
It’s more than a social media platform—TikTok has taken the world by storm, becoming the world’s most downloaded app. TikTok, Boom. director Shalini Kantayya is joined by Harvard University PhD candidate Avriel Epps-Darling for a conversation about the rise and impact of TikTok and what it means for tech companies, regulators, audiences and the creators that have become its stars. Hosted by Hannah Sung, journalist and co-founder of Media Girlfriends. This Big Ideas discussion will also be available to stream online with the film.

About the film
Shalini Kantayya is back with her latest documentary, TikTok, Boom. Diving headfirst into the origin story of the world's most downloaded app, Kantayya takes us through its Chinese ownership, geopolitical concerns and, most importantly, user experience. While the app lures in most users with fun dance trends and cute cat videos, creators speak of their successes and questionable declines when posting political opinions and sharing criticism about the app itself. Some stories are more concerning, as certain creators become muted while others are pushed to the top of public pages. With murky terms of service and a confusing privacy policy, maybe the app is not all it's made out to be. Samah Ali


  • Director(s)

    • Shalini Kantayya
  • Producer(s)

    • Ross Dinerstein
    • Danni Mynard
    • Shalini Kantayya
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Rebecca Evans
    • Ross Girard
    • David Tomlin
    • Michael Cho
    • Mimi Rode
    • Tim Lee
    • Randall Lane
    • Travis Collins
  • Editor(s)

    • Seth Anderson
  • Cinematography

    • Steve Acevedo
  • Composer

    • Katya Mihailova

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